BROWNSTOWN — With a solid pitching staff and experience at the defensive positions, Brownstown High School's baseball team is looking for a winning season.

"Our goal is to win more games than we lose, to win games we should and be competitive in the other ones," said Coach Ken Milano, who begins his third season as head coach for the Bombers. "We have a solid pitching staff, but hitting in general is going to be a concern going into the season."

Milano will be assisted by Toby Tackett. The Bombers finished 9-11 last fall and were 11-8 during the spring campaign.

"Jared Winters and Michael Kramer are healthy and heading up our pitching staff," continued Milano. "We have a nice collection of experienced players. We should be at the top of the Egyptian Illini Conference and in every game we play in the National Trail Conference."

The starters back from last season include Coleman Scott, Brady McDowell, Colten Hunter, Zach Betti, Jared Winters, Michael Kramer, Bryce Mason, Connor Smith and Joe Younger. Dillon Holloway and Chris Stinebring played just during the fall season.

Starters lost were Levi Tackett (catcher), Cody Robbins (shortstop, pitcher) and Carl Sefton (second base).

"As of now, Michael Kramer and Bryce Mason will be the top two batters in our order," said Milano. "Connor Smith, Jared Winters, Dillon Holloway and Coleman Scott will probably make up the middle of the order. To round out the lineup, there will be a rotating cast of players.

"Fielding, Scott will handle the bulk of the catching. McDowell and Stinebring will share duties at first. Hunter, Winters, Holloway and Betti will compose the rest of the infield. Mason, Smith, Kramer and Younker will share most of the time in the outfield.

"We have two freshmen joining us, Austin Hunter and Matt Sefton. However, Joe Younker, Dillon Holloway and Coleman Scott will see more playing time.

"Teams should always strive to improve in all aspects of the game. However, other than hitting, the biggest area in need of improvement is understanding the finer points of the game and knowing what to do in any and all situations.

"My philosophy includes, respect the game and everyone involved in it. Play the game the way it is supposed to be played. Good base running, solid pitching and respectable hitting, wins games. Make the other team beat you, don't beat yourself. At the end of the season, be a better player and team than you were at the beginning."

Millie Lange can be reached at 217-347-7151 ext. 123 or millie.lange@effinghamdailynews.com.

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