Eagles will field a youthful baseball team

Four returning letter-winners will form the core of this year’s Canton-Galva baseball team led by coach Kelly Nelson. From left: Logan Miller, Nick Pearson, Richard Peterson and Jonah Sargent.<p>
Four returning letter-winners will form the core of this year’s Canton-Galva baseball team led by coach Kelly Nelson. From left: Logan Miller, Nick Pearson, Richard Peterson and Jonah Sargent.<p>
The Canton-Galva baseball team will be young this season, as the Eagles have graduated five seniors from last year’s 5-13 team—Reed Wiens, Hunter Pearson, Jordan Gagnebin, Devyn Elkins and Marshall Reedy.

A year ago, Canton-Galva won its first-round Class 2-1A regional game before losing to eventual state cham­pion Bluestem in the semifinals.

Sixth-year coach Kelly Nelson will have four returning starters on his roster, led by sophomore pitcher/utility Nick Pear­son, who batted .300 a year ago. He was 0-3-1 on the mound.

Also returning as starters are senior pitcher, catcher, third baseman Jonah Sargent; junior outfielder, pitcher Logan Miller; and sophomore outfielder, pitcher Richard Peterson.

Newcomers include freshmen Brandon Huff, Braydon Minson, Braydon Collins, Andrew Prieb, Keaton Littrell, Andre Patton, Corbin Bernal and Chase French.

Nelson said he expects his team to be solid defensively and to limit mental mistakes. He praised team chemistry and coachability, and said that pitching depth is another team strength.

With such a young team, Nelson said the Eagles will need to grow, both at the plate and on the mound, and limit self-inflicted mistakes.

“Being so young, we need to focus on getting better every day, learning the speed and level of talent at this level,” he said. “(We need to) do what we can do and stay within ourselves, (and) focus on competing against the baseball and not against the other team.”

Canton-Galva was scheduled to open the season at Remington March 27. The Eagles will host Little River April 6.