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Redskins hoping for big things this season

Manager: Traci Bodi, 10th season

Last Season: 12-11 (7-7 SBC)

Batting Order: CF Kalib Shiets; C Blake Calvert; SS Addison Rospert; RF Trey Gluth; 2B Chris Stokes; 1B Cory Colston; 3B Sean Black; LF Kyle Radloff; P Zak Floro

Outlook: Thus far, the Port Clinton baseball team has struggled.

After coming into the season with high expectations, the Redskins have struggled to a 1-6 start, something they hope is more an aberration than anything else.

Manager Traci Bodi, now in his 10th season with the club, spoke about the season.

“We've played a challenging schedule,” he said of a run that's featured the likes of Fremont Ross, Bellevue and Sandusky. “We're just not making plays that we need to make to get out of big innings. That's one of the things that we're going to try and focus on. We had some injuries early on with our pitching staff, (but) we've still got to make plays.”

“It's a little bit of everything, an error there or a routine play that's not being made. Everything that can (go wrong) is. We've got to find a way to stop.”

The team, which has nine seniors, features a batting order of the following: CF Kalib Shiets; C Blake Calvert; SS Addison Rospert; RF Trey Gluth; 2B Chris Stokes; 1B Cory Colston; 3B Sean Black; LF Kyle Radloff; P Zak Floro.

The best hitter of the group is Rospert, a three-year letter winner who has committed to play baseball at Bowling Green State University next season. Colston, Gluth, Stokes, Black and Calvert have also seen steady varsity action since their sophomore seasons.

The pitching staff features Rospert, Gluth, Floro, Sean Black and Jason Bailey. Those five will go a long way in determining how the 'Skins do this season.

“Our goal is to compete for the SBC title,” Bodi said. It's been a little bit of a rough start, (but) we'll continue to get better everyday. We push for one game at a time in the SBC — it's going to challenging.”

Bodi sees the league as being quite competitive with Perkins being the favorite, though he sees Oak Harbor and Clyde, among others, as being pretty good.

“Everyone's strong thru the league,” he said. “It's as strong as I've seen it in a while. There's not going to be an easy road in the league. We've got to step it up.”

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