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Manning Baseball Hopes Bats Can Come Alive To Turn Season Around

By Billy G. Baker

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Manning—With a regular season record of 3-5 and 0-3 after 8 games of the baseball season head Manning High coach Justin Gandy is shopping his teams’ bats can come alive in time to salvage the 2019 season.

The teams three wins have come over Crestwood twice and they have a thrilling 7-6 win over Lamar to their credit. In the Lamar win senior pitcher third baseman Chandler Evans fanned six batters and had two RBI’s from the plate to help the Monarchs victory efforts. Senior pitcher third/baseman Sandy Johnson also had two RBI’s in the win over the Silver Foxes.

Evans has signed on to play at Limestone College next year and Johnson has signed with Southern Weslyn. Johnson plays first when he is not on the bump while Evans sees a lot of time at third base when he is not pitching.

Senior infielder Jack Owens was the team’s offensive MVP in 2018 and he has the potential to be the teams power hitter this season. Junior Daniel Gamble is handling catching duties. Coach Gandy describes junior shortstop/outfielder Trevis Harrison as a great hitter and fielder who he hopes can have a great year.

The Monarchs start seven seniors, so they have good leadership. Matthew Burgress is an experienced out-fielder. Junior Shawn Charles plays second, and pitches and sophomore Landon McDaniel is an infielder who has several outings as a relief pitcher this season. Alec Ridgeway is senior outfielder/pitcher and senior Chris Livingston is a third baseman/out-fielder.

“We are a senior heavy team playing in a very tough region with teams like Bishop England and Hanahan,” said Coach Gandy. “Pitching should be the strength of our team. We will have to battle every game. We must make the routine plays and produce in situational hitting. We need to out-hustle and out-will these teams in tough match-ups.”

 With no current player hitting over .300 after 8 regular season games Coach Gandy is certainly hoping the bats will soon alive. “We have been preaching to our guys that we have to make the routine plays and out-hustle our opponents in such a tough region that we are in,” said Coach Gandy. “We have to gut it out and start hitting better.”

Two newcomers to the team include senior Jairon House and junior outfielder/pitcher Trenton Brown.

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