Pettisville baseball has some experience back but will still be fairly young in a lot of areas this season. They hope to post another winning record after going 12-8 and finishing 7-5 in the Buckeye Border Conference in 2021.
“We hope to come out and compete in every game we play,” said veteran skipper Paul Bishop. “We will be starting 5 guys with little to no varsity baseball experience. The growth and experiences these young guys get from the early-season games will help tremendously later on in the season.”
Notable returnees for the Blackbirds include Gideon Myers and Josh Norr, both who received second team All-BBC honors a year ago. Also back are Josh Basselman, Nate Rupp, and Luke VanDenBerghe.
“Our team has been working hard and have been showing improvement every day in practice,” stated Bishop. “Gideon Myers (4-2) will return after a strong junior season on the mound. He will be looked at as our number one pitcher and play SS/2B when not pitching. Josh Norr is our top returning hitter from last year (.308 avg, 27 RBI, 22 runs scored). Due to his versatility, he will be asked to play multiple positions depending on the day. Josh Basselman (P, 2B/3B) and Nate Rupp (P, 1B, CF) will provide needed experience and will help solidify our defense.”
However, the Birds lost Josh Horning who was first team All-BBC a season ago; Isaac St. John, second team All-BBC; Nate Keim, honorable mention All-BBC; Jake King, honorable mention All-BBC; Brayden Barrett; Blake Eyer; and Anthony Smith.
“Youth and inexperience,” Bishop said on weaknesses for the season ahead. “We will need to have guys step up in a hurry to replace the 7 seniors from last season.”
The Blackbird skipper sees a pair of teams being ahead of the others in the BBC race. “North Central and Edon should be at the top of the league this year,” he said.
Pettisville is at Fayette on Thursday with first pitch at 5 p.m. They then welcome Continental on Friday.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.