Myers returns to lead program toward improvement

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BY JIM PAULUS
Head Coach Gary Myers returns to the dugout after two years away from the Tabor College baseball team.



After watching the Bluejays struggle the last couple of season, Myers inherits a young team that hopes to improve on its 9-30 record from last season.



Leading the way on the mound is senior Randy Ables, who returns from a medical redshirt a year ago.



Ables has already collected two wins on the young season and been the anchor of the pitching staff.



?There is some concern with his previous arm struggles, but Randy has shown two outstanding performances,? Myers said.



Ables has also led the team with his bat as the team?s designated hitter.



?Randy has really surprised us with his hitting,? Myers said.



The rest of the staff is made up primarily of new players.



?We have got a lot of depth and all the pitchers have potential,? Myers said.



Pitchers who have logged some innings early in the year include Danny Douglass, Sean Bechtold, Mike Feltman, Austin Frantz, Nolan Frantz and Gerard Landwehr.



One of Tabor?s strongest positions is catcher, with senior Ash Jones returning for his final year.



?Ash is a very good catcher,? Myers said. ?I have been impressed with his throwing arm.?



Two sophomores anchor the middle infield: Jerrod Ryherd at shortstop and Brian Morris at second.



They are backed up by two freshman, Dante Antillan and Ambrosio Casarez.



Antillan filled in at second base early in the year as Morris recovered from off-season knee surgery already this season.



?Dante filled in well for us,? Myers said.



Mark George and Chris Stucky, both new players with the program, will get time at third. George is a freshman, while Stucky is returning to competitive baseball after a few years off, as well as recovering from knee surgery this fall.



First base was to be covered by senior Josh Parks, but after a season-ending arm surgery this weekend, Ables will most likely get the nod.



Parks suffered a broken arm attempting to take a throw at first base for an out. He suffered a broken bone on the upper part of his arm.



The loss of Parks will be keenly felt, as he was on a tear at the plate through the Jays? first six games.



The outfield will be filled by two returners and one freshman. Senior Tim Carroll will be in right field and bat clean up.



In left, Kris Haynes will return after leaving Tabor in the fall. Haynes has been batting second and is among the team leaders in hitting and runs batted in so far.



?It is nice to get Kris Haynes back,? Myers said.



Freshman Jared Johnson has been penciled in the center field spot early in the year.



The Bluejays are 4-4 on the young season and if their pitching can develop, they hope to improve to be more competitive overall and in the conference.

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