Navarre wants to get off to a great start this baseball season, but the end game is all that really matters for the Raiders.
A year ago, they started 3-6 and finished 14-14, advancing to the regional tournament for the first time since 2016. Their season ended in an 8-0 loss to state runner-up Pace.
“Sometimes we get caught up in winning early. You want to win as many games as you can, but our goal is to peak at the right time,” Navarre head coach Jon Boddy said.
There were only three seniors on the roster last season. There are 12 this year.
“We have some good players back. We feel if we can pitch it, we can be pretty good,” Boddy said.
Ben Waschenko and Cameron Terrian are expected lead the way on the mound.
Waschenko went 4-2 with a 1.71 ERA. He gave up 18 runs on 28 hits and struck out 29.
Terrian fashioned a 2-2 record, allowing 38 runs on 51 hits. He retired 38 on strikeouts.
Offensively, Navarre needs to replace three players (Ryan Cocker, Cade Taylor and Austin Tebo) who accounted for 84 hits and 60 runs.
Branson Ackman is back, however, and coming off a year where he hit .365 and belted out eight doubles.
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