|2021 BUCCANEER BASEBALL...
The Covington Buccaneers have high expectations with a senior laden baseball team.
COVINGTON - Expectations are high in 2021 for the Covington Buccaneers as Andy Johnson's squad prepares to take the field in his fourth year as head coach and 12th year in the program.
With the 2020 season cancelled due too COVID-19, the Buccaneers showed promise by fielding a 10-2 record during the Summer Acme schedule.
"The team is really excited about this season, and they have set high goals for themselves," said Johnson. "There is a lot of talent on this team, but talent alone does not guarantee success. We have had great practices over the past month, and we cannot wait to start playing games. Our goals are to win the league, and have an exciting tournament run."
Despite having the season cancelled a year ago, the Buccaneers have a large amount of returning letter winners in seniors Jake Hamilton, Cooper Jay, Wes Gooding, Avery Rench, Job Morgan, David Robinson and Duncan Cooper along with juniors Jensen Wagoner, Kody Nelson, Jake Dilley and Carter Maxson.
Jensen Wagoner and Jake Hamilton will be the leaders of the pitching staff this season. Their experience and talent provides us with a very formidable 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation. Wes Gooding and Avery Rench gained a lot of confidence after their performances over the summer, and they are ready to step up when their names are called. The Buccs have nine pitchers who will be trusted to get outs this season.
Duncan Cooper will be the starting catcher with David Robinson stepping in to spell him when needed. They are great communicators on the field, and they have worked really hard to improve their skills behind the plate.
All of the Buccaneer infielders can pitch, so Covington will be moving players around depending on who is on the mound. Jake Dilley has really matured over the last year, and Job Morgan is going to be asked to play multiple positions this season. Cooper Jay will be the leader of the infield from the shortstop position. He spent a lot of time at the field and in the batting cage during the summer, and the Buccs looking forward to a great year from Cooper.
Covington has a strong rotation of outfields who the Buccs plan on using throughout the season. Wagoner and Hamilton provide great arm strength in the outfield when they are not pitching or playing first base. Kody Nelson will run through a brick wall to make a play for his teammates, and he reads the ball so well off the bat. Carter Maxson gives great range in right field. Plus, Deacon Shields has impressed with how quickly he has picked up his fielding skills after not playing baseball for several years. He has great speed, and can be a very good outfielder for the Buccs.
Covington opens its season on Saturday, March 27th at home against St. Henry.