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Thursday, March 13, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-5 Bulldogs focused on improvement NMHS baseball will rely on defense, pitchingdepth By EMILY HANSON emi/y@masoncoun cam The North Mason baseball team is short on returning players this season. From last season, just three full-time varsity players -- se- nior Sam Sandell and junior Daniel Burggraaf and Hunter Hohmann -- have returned to the diamond this spring. "The team is young in varsity playing time and our jtmior var- sity has players capable of push- ing for varsity playing time," head coach Bill Geyer said. Sandell is not the only senior. Morgan Grewell played part Journal photo by Emily Hanson North Mason junior Daniel Burggraaf awaits a throw from a teammate Friday during practice. time for the Bulldogs last sea- son and Tyler Benson and Ky Chattier moved up from junior varsity to the varsity squad. Despite the team's lack of experience -- the team gradu- ated eight seniors last June -- Geyer said the Bulldogs seem focused and are working ex- tremely hard. "We w.ill improve as we be- come more confident once we get more playing time under our belts," Geyer added. The team's strength is in its defense and pitching depth. "I feel we should be able to compete in every game," Geyer said. "The 2A Olympic League is very competitive, but we should be right in the mix." The Bulldogs finished 12-8 ;; 3eQu!m, ' |t Bremerton 5 Klab0WVa iF0[tAn;, ...... l!  last year. "This is a great group of young men," Geyer said. "Many worked out on their own in the off-season and are now showing up at 6:30 a.m. for nonmanda- tory practices. They seem to have a common goal." MMK baseball roster half-filled with returners By EMILY HANSON Brkljacich are still evalu- "Playing on this infield, I: emily@masoncouncom ating positions, the Owls we're going to get a lot of I have five potential pitch- bad hops, whichll make ers among the 14 total us better.' Three days into prac- athletes: He said the Owls have [ ticing, Mary M. Knight Juniors James Ander- exhibited good attitudes [ first-year head baseball son, Taylor Diggle and so far and haven't shied coach Butch Carr said he Austin Renecker and away from playing in the : thought the Owls were sophomores Alec McGee rain. I ahead of last year's pace. and Emily Ackley all "The camaraderie on Alr a 25-year ab- pitched last season, the team is outstanding," sence, baseball returned "We just started hitting Carr added. "I think it's a to Matlock last spring. (March 5),', Cart said. "The great basis for our team to In its second season, the whole team has potential, come together." team has seven return- but senior Paul Werly and The Owls are expected ing athletes, with one Renecker have power." to play several 2B schools returning senior: Aimee On the field, Carr said this season and Carr said Bearden. he expects team new- he doesn't know much "We're looking great," comer jtmior Adam Pais about the opponents Carr said. "So far, I'm re' to be a quick midfielder or they'll face yet. ally happy with what's shortstop. "Ocosta has a great been going on as far as the Pais is also expected to program with good coach- kids buying into the drills catch along with Diggle. ing, so they'll be tough," we're doing." "I think our fielding he added. "We're looking Although Carr said he is going  be one of our forward to the challenges and assistant coach Matt strengths, Carr said. wel face together." Many golfers return to NMHS teams By EMILY HANSON emib@masoncoun corn Of the 14 golfers who turned out for the North Mason boys' and girls' teams, six return from last season. Five of the six are boys: Ryan Brick- wedel, Zach Byerly, Kyle Mundell, Aus- tin Makowski and Andy Renne. Senior Brooke Mills returns to the girls' team. "Most players have experience play- ing in (varsity) matches," coach Martha Music said. For the boys' team, five of the six available positions have been filled, while the final spot will be chosen the day before the team's first meet. Music said the boys' team, coached by her husband, Ran, will fare well. She said newcomers Megan Jackson, Dean Miller, Jarod Curtis and Eathan Amudsen show promise on the greens. "I'm looking forward to a great sea- son," she said. 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