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By Dave Taylor

Trimble County Head Baseball Coach Frank Ragland is hoping to improve on the accomplishments of last year’s Raider team that compiled a 12-13 record. Ragland lost three members of that team—Cameron Adamski, Jimmy Duncan and Luke Sands—to graduation.

Despite bright spots, which included taking runnerup spots in the 8th Region All A Classic and the North Central Kentucky Conference tournament, the Raiders came up short in the first round of the District post-season tournament.

Trimble’s 2012 incarnation of the “boys of spring” includes a wealth of talent from a group of players who earned valuable experience under fire a year ago. Returning starters include seniors Josh Baker, Daniel Haney, Dylan Staples and Craig Ward; junior Jordon Tingle and sophomore Conner Beard.

“Returning six experienced players” will be among the strengths on which to build a contending team, Ragland said. “Our defense should be solid. We should be better than last year by season’s end.”

Ragland looks for Owen County and Walton-Verona to be strong in the NCKC this season. The Raiders have three wins in nine outings so far this season, topping Eminence (15-0), Spencer County (8-7) and Dayton (20-1). Trimble came up short against Henry County (2-4), Carroll County (4-5), Owen County (6-12), South Oldham (2-11), North Oldham (1-8) and Oldham County (1-4).

Players hoping to make a significant contribution to this team’s success include senior Austin Collins, juniors Robbie Brooks and Kyle Sparks, sophomores Zack Beard, Taylor Bromwell, Tray Robbins, Ryan Wright and Andrew Young; and freshmen Jacob Childs, Josh Creech, Chris Goodin, Brian Haney, Evan Long and Chaylen Sedam.