FCA Panthers feel good about starting nine

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

The French Camp Academy baseball team is hoping to cap off a very
successful sports season for the school.

The football team made it to the MHSAA 1A State Championship game,
the boys basketball team came within just a handful of points of
advancing to the MHSAA State Tournament in Jackson and the girls made
a strong run at the end of the season to finish second in the
district tournament.

“It’s been a good year for us so far,” said Nathan Wright, who serves
not only as the school’s football coach, but baseball coach as well.

“We have a nice group of good, mature baseball players as far as our
starting nine goes,” Wright said. “We are mostly juniors and seniors,
with six of them being returning starters. We will have two freshmen
who start.”

Wright says Hagan Box and Cole Henson will be the Panthers’ one-two
punch on the mound, with Ben Hoskett and Joseph Nguyen also seeing
significant time.

Braden McGlothin, who suffered a hand injury in the Panthers’ 5-3
season opening loss to Houston, is being counted on to handle most of
the work behind the plate.

“He has missed the last two games,” Wright said of McGlothin. “We
just aren’t sure about the extent of the hand injury and how long he
will be out right now. If he’s out, that will really cause us to have
to move things around.”

Andrew Stevens is at first base for FCA, with Hunter McNight at
second, Box at short and Hoskett at third. Hunter Vaughn, Henson,
Nguyen and Luke McNight will all see action in the outfield.

FCA is currently 1-2 on the year, with a 12-1 win over Eupora and a
7-6 loss to Ethel.

After hosting Ethel on Monday, the Panthers were set to visit West
Lowndes on Tuesday and then host Noxapater on Friday.