After earning a 7-3 district record good enough for second place and making it to the UIL Area (second) round last season second-year Mineola Coach Brent Hutto is hopeful that his team can build on the success seen in 2017 on the baseball diamond.
While the Jackets baseball team lost eight of its nine starters as well as most of its pitching, Hutto says his mindset won’t change and neither will his teams’ goals.
“Post-season play is always the expectation here (in Mineola) and this year is no different,” Hutto said last week.
His team will be made up of a lot of new and younger players this season compared to last but he says the team success will mainly depend on two areas; his team’s execution and consistency with hitting at the plate as well as their continued aggressiveness on the base pads.
Hutto also said he expects both Edgewood (who won the district last season) and Eustace (who finished just one game behind Mineola last year) to be the Jackets’ biggest competition again this year.
Some of the key players to look for this season are Jacob Ford, Cody Ford, Bailey Mischnick, River Simonek, Cameron Wise, Connor Dobbs, Dalton Rogers, Cole Castleberry and Jacob Dabbs.
When asked what kind of team he hopes to march out on to the field each game this year Hutto responded saying, “(We hope to be) a team that takes advantage of every opportunity presented, and that doesn’t give away opportunities to our opponents. We are young and inexperienced, but we will counter that with aggressiveness and team speed.”
Mineola’s next game will be in the Union Grove Tournament March 1 through 3 and their next home game will be against Lone Oak March 12 with the first pitch coming at noon.