With four returning Big 8 All Conference players, the spring baseball season for the Monett Cubs "looks promising," according to Michael Calhoun, head coach.
"I think if we stay healthy and our pitching comes together we have as good a chance as anyone to win either the Big 8 Conference or district, or both," Calhoun said. Last year the Cubs had an 11-8 overall record and finished league play with a 4-3 mark.
The returning All Conference players include:
Senior Kellen Bounous, outfielder, second team utility player.
Senior Kyle Coatney, third baseman and pitcher, first team third baseman and second team pitcher.
Senior Preston Thompson, catcher, honorable mention catcher.
Junior Spenser Witt, outfielder, honorable mention outfielder.
Other returning starters include:
Senior Kirk Moore, third baseman and pitcher, and senior Michael Roberts, outfielder.
Jesse Bremer, a sophomore outfielder and pitcher, is the other returning letterman.
"We have a very good group of leaders," Calhoun commented. "They are a group of young men who work hard and continue to push each other to get better."
The coach listed nine players as top prospects. They are senior Kyle Meyer, second baseman and pitcher; junior Ethan Frazier, infielder and pitcher; and sophomore Colten Phillips, infielder and pitcher; sophomore Marcus McCaffrey, catcher, first baseman and pitcher; sophomore Marcus Enloe, shortstop and pitcher; sophomore Jacob Smith, first baseman; sophomore Andy Hagedorn, outfielder; sophomore Chris Trout, second baseman; and sophomore Doug Aldridge, outfielder and pitcher.
The remaining players on the team include freshmen Jeff Craft, Jackson Burnside, Carlin Ballay, Jarred Witt, Matt Schiffner and Will Turner.
Calhoun is assisted by coach Ty Goetz.
Monett will open the baseball season on March 23 at Monett North Park versus Springfield Parkview at 4:30 p.m.
The remaining schedule is as follows: March 24, McDonald County here; March 30, Springfield Catholic here; April 2, at Crane; April 8-11, Carthage Tournament; April 14, at Mt. Vernon; April 16, Lamar here; April 21, Cassville here; April 23, Carl Junction here; April 24-25, Monett Tournament; April 26, at Aurora; April 30, at East Newton; May 1, Republic here; May 4, at Purdy; May 5, at Seneca; May 7, at Reeds Spring; and May 11-15, Republic Tournament.