By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
Power sticks and young arms will be the center of Choctaw County High School’s baseball team this season, as the Chargers look to be i the thick of the Region 5-3A race.
Logan Black will be one of the keys for CCHS this season both on the mound and at the plate. The lefty provides a lot of power at the plate and is also the team’s ace on the hill.
“He is a really good hitter and can drive in a lot of runs for us,” said Andy Young, who was head coach at Weir High School last season.”He’s one of the best hitters I’ve ever coached. He’s a good one.”
Another big part of Choctaw County’s power source will be be senior catcher Coty Weaver, who will also see time on the mound and at shortstop.
“They will probably hit two and three in the batting order,” Young said. “We are looking for a lot out of them.”
Mackey Bradberry, a transfer from Winston Academy, will be looked at to get things going for the Chargers at the top of the order.
Another transfer who will play a big part of the season for the Chargers this year is Isaac Newman, who played at Starkville High School last year. “He can pay all nine positions and will be a big help to us this season,” Young said.
Taylor Lofton will play in the middle infield and also see some time behind the plate, especially when Weaver is on the mound. Jamarcus Bradley will be used out of the bullpen near the end of the game for the Chargers and will also see time in the outfield.
Young says he has a lot of youth on the pitching staff as well, including a trio of sophomores. “We are really working hard on fundamentals and technique and I think as the season goes along it will really pay off for us,” he said.
The Chargers open the season on Saturday in the Choctaw County Classic when they play Eupora at 1:30 p.m. and Cleveland at 4;:0 p.m.
Choctaw County is in the same region with Southeast Lauderdale, Forest, Raleigh, Choctaw Central and Philadelphia.