Of the 15 players on the Community R-6 varsity baseball team, 10 have no varsity experience.
That puts the greatest responsibility for success squarely on the shoulders of the five who do for the Trojans, including sophomore infielders Levi Rafferty and Evan Harstock, junior utility players Cordell Hollensteiner and Matt Gastler and the squads only senior, outfielder Avery Carline.
The other side of this equation features a youth movement that starts with freshmen outfielders Damion Eckler and Josh Atkinson and first baseman Braedon Swaim. Because outfielder Phillip Doms is the only other junior on the roster, the rest of the athletes on this team are sophomores like outfielders Grant Stafford and Sam Atkinson, infielders Eric Hombs and Nathan Gastler and utility player Klayton Bosworth.
Last season came to a close for the Trojans when they lost in the class 1, district 11, title game 12-2 to Silex on May 19. Prior to that CR-6 (6-11 overall) edged out Marion County 4-3 on May 18 in the district semifinals and eliminated North She;lby 8-1 on May 13 to start the tournament.
One problem the Trojans had a year ago was the way they finished the regular season. This includes losses at Wright City 22-12 on May 10, 10-9 at North Calllaway on May 4 and on April 28 the squad fell at Montgomery County 11-1.
The flip side of this coin as another story all together and was highlighted by 21-11 home in over Va-Far on April 7. The squad also began the season with a 5-4 victory at Madison before losing three-straight against Bowling Green 12-0 on Mar. 29 at home, at Northeast (Cairo) 3-0 on April 1 and at Silex 12-1 on April 5.
This season the squad will also have the aid of assistant coach Larry Price and team managers Katie Bertels and Deann Brooks.