Especially because so few Arabians are returning to familiar roles this spring.
The graduations of Cody Altherr, Augdan Wilson, Kurt Talbert and Brogan Gary took a bite out of the batting order, and 2013 Muller MVP Taylor Rogers also graduated after a season in which he went 4-2 with a 2.19 ERA in 44 2/3 innings.
Altherr (4-4, 3.03) was Pendleton Heights’ No. 2 starter, but returning seniors Austin MacMillan and Justin Kirkpatrick combined for four wins and pitched to ERAs under 3.00 in a combined 42 innings last year.
Promising junior Quentin Miller — who threw just 4 2/3 innings at the varsity level a year ago — joins them at the top of a staff that might not designate an ace.
“We may not have a No. 1 this year,” Keesling said. “We may have a lot of guys that we use in a rotation.”
That’s in keeping with the general theme of the Arabians’ season. Adapt, adjust and move forward.
Players such as Spencer McCool, Noah Etchison, Devon Bretz and Austin Ellingwood have new or expanded roles this spring, but the expectations remain the same.
“At Pendleton Heights, we just reload,” Keesling said. “There’s no rebuilding. These guys gotta step in and take care of business.”
Baseball preview This is the last story in an 11-part series previewing the local high school baseball season in advance of the 14th annual Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament. To read previous installments in the series, visit www.heraldbulletin.com.