Silas Murray is one of the six seniors on the Plymouth baseball team. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 14, 2014PLYMOUTH — Coach Tom Underwood can't help but feel good about his Plymouth baseball team this year.
After all, he's got a group of seniors that have tasted success quite a bit over this school year and they will be looking to make one last big memory in their high school careers.
"We have some very good senior leadership this year," Underwood said. "All three of these young men have started since they were freshmen and with the success they've had with football in the fall and basketball in the winter, they're pretty excited."
The three senior captains will be Gavin Brickley, John Thomas and Collin Sullivan.
Brickley will patrol left field for the Bobcats, right next to Sullivan, who will get the nod in center field. Thomas will see time on the mound as one of a plethora of lefthanded pitchers and will also see time in right field.
The seniors don't stop there, however, as Underwood has three more seniors cracking the lineup.
Silas Murray will be back and will handle the duties at shortstop, while John Salivonchik will be the team's first baseman and Jake Buford will once again handle the catching duties.
However, Underwood is excited to have Wade Huke aboard this season, as he will help Buford with some of the catching load, allowing the senior to come out from behind the plate on a few occasions.
Underwood is excited about the junior class, which he notes adds a lot of depth to the ball club. In addition to Huke, outfielder and pitcher (lefty) Chris Comeau and lefthanded pitchers Jacob Scheinman and Steven Southard are all expected to chip in.
Justin Robinson, out for the team for the first time this year, has caught the veteran coach's eye, providing a nice spark and John Demerritt is yet another lefthanded arm available to Underwood and the Bobcats.
Sophomore Aaron Evans swings a pretty good bat, but he has been dealing with an injury in the preseason.
Underwood will also carry three freshmen who will be looking to earn time.
Sam Slaughter will start the season at second base, while Dylan Donahue will be an infielder and pitcher. Harrison Macomber is yet another lefthanded pitcher and will also compete for outfield time.
"They're going to give us some added depth," Underwood said of the youngsters.
He also pointed out that in 42 years he can't remember a year with so many lefthanded pitchers.
Underwood also has a few players who will be spending time with varsity and JV, as Tyler Mersch, Jared Moll, Bailey Nangle, Harry Shamberger and Bobby Merrill have all earned chances to work with the varsity.
"They're not just baseball players, they're multi-sport athletes, which is what we encourage at Plymouth," Underwood said. "And they're very coachable young men. That is huge."
Underwood will also feature a solid support staff of assistants, with Mike Boyle again on the bench, while Robby Burr leads the JV team and Mark Evans and Kyle Underwood offer assistance as well.
"We've got some good young blood coming along," he added.
The veteran coach was able to get out on his field on Sunday for the first time, as the snow finally melted, a fact that surprised him given how slim those chances were a week earlier.
"A week ago, we were wondering what we were going to do," Underwood said.
The first game of the season was slated after deadline Monday against Kingswood. The Bobcats are scheduled to be at John Stark on Fridays, April 18, and hosting Sanborn on Monday, April 21, both at 4:30 p.m.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or firstname.lastname@example.org