The Warriors took a step back last year in their second year back as a program finishing with a 4-16 record. Head coach Clint Housh hopes to steer Seymour back in the right direction in his third season.
“Our strengths will be defense and players that can and will play in multiple positions. We have a lot of guys that can pitch for us. Our weakness would be lack of varsity experience for our younger guys,” Seymour head coach Clint Housh said.
Seymour returns seven boys from last year’s team led by first team all-conference centerfielder Dugun Glenn. Glenn batted leadoff and was an elite defender while roaming the outfield. He finished with a .284 batting average as a junior while chipping in four RBIs and a team-high five doubles. Glenn committed just one error all year in the outfield, helping him finish with a team-best .968 fielding percentage.
The Warriors also return seniors Sloan Sulser and Ty Campbell along with juniors John Merritt, Angler Parham and sophomores Jaden Enright and DJ McDonald.
Sulser will be a nice return at the plate where he led the Warriors in batting average (.304), RBIs (11) and walks (10). Sulser will also be a key arm on the mound where he owned a 5.03 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings.
Speaking of pitchers, Ty Campbell is back to work behind the plate and on the mound. Last year he had a 7.32 ERA to go with a 1-5 record but was able to get swings and misses with 31 strikeouts in 22 innings. He’s also a solid hitter, batting .297 a year ago with one home run and 10 RBIs.
Jaden Enright was a reliable player for Housh last year. He was a guy that gave Seymour some of their better production on the mound with a 5.47 ERA and a team-high 34 strikeouts in 32 innings. He was also a reliable second baseman, where he had the team’s second-best field percent (.933) while batting .281 with eight RBIs.
Seymour also welcomes a young group of newcomers that have played a lot of baseball and will see some immediate varsity action in Brody Tuttle, Carter Houser, Zane Hackathorn, Gabe Combs, Dakota Devore, Cason Spurgeon and Prestyn Christine.
The Warriors played 16 games in year one, 20 in year two and now plan to have 30 games on the schedule this year including some 2A opponents.
“I think you have to play better teams in order to get better. We will get to play everyone in the conference twice, which I feel should have always been in place,” Housh said.
Seymour’s depth, especially pitching depth, will be tested this year with the addition of more games. They need to improve in all fazes of the of the game as they continue to build back up their program.
The key will be to limit the little mistakes that lead to bigger challenges. Seymour was near the bottom of the conference in fielding percentage and also had 99 walks in 99 innings pitched. Giving up free runners is something Housh is hoping to limit this season.
“Our team overall is very solid and should win our fair share of games if we don’t beat ourselves,” Housh said. “We can't give the other team extra outs and we have to cut down on our pitchers walking batters. I do feel like if we show up ready to play, we can hold our own.”
|5/21||vs Mormon Trail||7:30 p.m.|
|5/22||vs Central Decatur||7:30 p.m.|
|5/23||@ Moulton-Udell||6 p.m.|
|5/24||vs Murray||7:30 p.m.|
|5/28||@ Orient-Macksburg||7:30 p.m.|
|5/30||@ Twin Cedars||7:30 p.m.|
|5/31||vs Ankeny Christian Academy||6 p.m.|
|6/1||@ Wayne Tournament||TBD|
|6/3||vs Southeast Warren||7:30 p.m.|
|6/4||@ Lamoni||7:30 p.m.|
|6/6||@ Melcher-Dallas||7:30 p.m.|
|6/7||@ Moravia||7:30 p.m.|
|6/11||vs Mormon Trail||7:30 p.m.|
|6/12||@ Davis County||7:30 p.m.|
|6/13||vs Moulton-Udell||7:30 p.m.|
|6/14||@ Murray||7:30 p.m.|
|6/18||vs Orient-Macksburg||7:30 p.m.|
|6/19||@ Ankeny Christian Academy||6 p.m.|
|6/20||vs Twin Cedars||7:30 p.m.|
|6/25||vs Lamoni||7:30 p.m.|
|6/27||@ Melcher-Dallas||7:30 p.m.|
|6/28||vs Seymour||7:30 p.m.|
|7/9||vs I-35||7 p.m.|