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April 10, 2011

2011 Muller Tournament Preview: Elwood

New coach leads Panthers, but expectations remain

ELWOOD, Ind. — While there’s new blood in the Elwood baseball program, the expectations haven’t changed.

Dustin Moody is the new coach of the Panthers, and he takes over a program used to success. One thing quickly became apparent to the new coach: the cupboard wasn’t left bare.

“I walked into a lot of talent here. When you have players like Trevor Ozenbaugh and Alex Juday, you’re going to have a chance to win a lot of games,” Moody said. “You hear about the 2008 team that went to state, and you hear what they’ve done, but I’m looking forward to 2011.”

The Panthers, who won the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament in 2009, will open against Anderson on Tuesday at Memorial Field. The Indians have been a perennial fixture in the Muller Tournament championship game for the last five years.

“It’s a tournament and anyone can beat anyone. I think we’re capable of beating anyone we play,” Moody said. “Anderson hasn’t played yet and neither have we; We’ve both been practicing and we’re eager to get of the bench.”

Ozenbaugh will play centerfield for the Panthers. Joining him in the outfield will be Dylan Coston in left and Steven Fletcher in right.

Juday will play third base. The infield will be rounded out by Korbin Buster at shortstop, Kurtis Hussong at second base and Brandon Leisure at first.

Freshman Ryan French will be behind the plate for Elwood. Oscar Binas will take some swings as the Panthers designated hitter this season.

The Panthers’ pitching staff will be comprised of Ozenbaugh, Juday, Buster, Binas and Colin Hoskins.

 

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