ANDERSON — The Anderson Prep Academy Jets’ baseball program returns for its’ second year of play this season with a solid core of veteran leadership.
The Jets finished with an 11-13 record last year, the school’s first varsity level season. APA currently has 15 players on its’ roster, which will challenge second year coach Alex Bare.
Right now, the focus is not on wins and losses but rather improving the skill level of the players and improving in the field. “There’s no real goal for wins and losses,” Bare said. “Right now we want to do the small things right and try to build the program.”
On the bright side for the Jets, of the 15 players on the roster more than half are upperclassmen. Returning from last year include seniors Jared Beckley, Caston McConnel and Jake Smith. Along with senior leadership, Bare will count on juniors Austin Norris, Noah Long and Zach MacGilvrey
Joining the team this year will be junior transfer Kameron Douglas along with freshmen Phoenix King, Malandric Skipper-Blair, Jake Drechsler and Clayton Keller. Clayton Myers, Josh Burke, Travis Hinchman and Logan Burns round out the Jets roster.
MacGilvrey and Smith will be counted on at the plate as well as on the mound, but right now the lineup and rotation are not set as Bare will use the first few games to see exactly what the team has in the field. “We’ll play around with the lineup and see what works for us,” Bare said.
The Jets have been busy working on defense as Bare feels it was a key weakness last season. “We’ve had a lot of open gyms and we’ve worked on our defense,” Bare said. “We’ve put in a lot of work but it’s hard to say how well we’ll do until we are on the field.