Weir counting on seasoned leaders to lead young Lions

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

While veteran Weir baseball coach Andy Young does have a handful of
experienced players on his 2013 baseball squad, there is also plenty
of youth and inexperience. Whether by graduation or transfer, the
Lions lost seven starters off last year’s team.

“We are just not going to be very experienced for the most part,”
said Young of his Lions, who have started the season 0-3. ‘That can
make it pretty rough, especially when it comes to depth.”

Weir dropped its opener 8-3 to Ackerman, before falling to Winona
14-1 and Ethel 11-3.

“I have a few guys who have played for me a long time,” Young said,
referring to senior first baseman/pitcher T.Y. Martin, senior pitcher/
shortstop Tyler Henson; senior catcher Bailey Callahan; senior
infielder Willis Cork; and junior outfielder/pitcher Austin McCall.

There are just 16 players listed on the Weir roster, with two of them
being in the seventh grade and one in the eighth.

“T.Y. has been a big part of the program for awhile,” Young said. “He
has been a big left-handed batter who has hit around .450 or .500 for
the last four years.”

Henson and Martin will handle a large portion of the pitching for
Weir, with Henson also seeing action at shortstop. “He can do it
all,” Young said. “He caught for me last year.”

“What we really need to work on as a team is hitting,” Young said,
“but our defense should be pretty good.”

The Lions play in the same district as Nanih Waiya, Noxapater, West
Lowndes, East Oktibbeha and French Camp. Weir was set to host East
Oktibbeha on Tuesday before entertaining the Warriors of Nanih Waiya
on Friday.