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Berlin baseball building with youth

In Baseball, Berlin, District 5, WestPAC on March 26, 2009 at 6:00 am

The Berlin baseball team drew a tough opener when the schedule makers put defending WestPAC South champion Meyersdale on the slate for the Mountaineers’ first game.

The game didn’t go so well, a 15-0 loss, but it was a first step for Berlin, which is looking forward to bright days this season and in the near future.

With a roster packed by young players, fourth-year Berlin coach Jim Eutsey is confident that the Mountaineers will be coming around as the season progresses. And with the talented group of young athletes Berlin has, it would be hard to argue with him.

“They work hard and they are willing to change what they need to in order to become better ball players,” Eutsey said in an interview with QZ93 Sports. “They are willing to stay after and put in the time they need to. I think they realize going in that we are going to have a lot of bumps, but as the season progresses, we’ll see a lot of improvement and will be competitive.”

The Mountaineers’ starting pitchers includes sophomore left-hander Tyrell Stockwell and freshman righty Kirk Davis. Early in the season, the other starting spots are still a little unsettled.

Stockwell and classmates Alex Will and Dakota Glessner are also going to be counted on to contribute at the plate for the Mountaineers, who will be looking to play basic baseball on offense.

“We like to play some small ball, bunt, move runners up,” Eutsey said. “We have a couple of kids that are pretty quick.”

On the plus side for the Mountaineers, most of the players seeing significant time this year have been playing baseball since they were young. It’s a bit of a change from last year’s 1-14 team, which featured many seniors, but few that had any lengthy baseball background.

“Our focus is working on getting the pitching mechanics down this year,” Eutsey said. “We’re doing a lot of work on fielding and trying to eliminate any type of fielding errors. We want to be competitive and as the season goes on, I hope that starts to come through in being in some close games and winning some games.”

While there will be plenty of underclassmen on the field for the Mountaineers, there will be a couple of seniors ready to help guide program. Vinnie Trulik, Nick Cooney and Tyler Clark are all integral parts of the team and will be counted on as the season goes along.

The Mountaineers are also still enjoying a trip made to Maryland last weekend where the team faced a couple of Class AAAA schools during a preseason tournament. It was a first for the Mountaineers under Eutsey, who said the team got to visit the Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Berlin plays its second game of the season tonight at Salisbury at 7:30 p.m.

BY MATT JORDAN
matt@qz93sports.com

Note: This another in a series of stories profiling baseball teams in Somerset County and the WestPAC.

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