BY YANEEK SMITH
Coach: Traci Bodi
Outlook: Port Clinton features some talent. But it must replace some key seniors and deal with a lack of depth in the rotation.
Anthony Aukerman is the No. 1 starter and plays shortstop when he’s not pitching.
The other pitchers are Luke Halsey, Isaac Miller, Emmett Gillman, Noah Zimmerman, Brayden Spencer, Andrew Hanson and Garrett Cornell.
Halsey is a utility player as well, Miller can play first base or outfield, Gillman plays third base, Zimmerman can play catcher, Cornell could play third or outfield and Spencer can play second base or outfield. Cashes Jackson could be the center fielder or shortstop, Logan Dale can play second and Emahje Buckely will be the catcher or see action in the outfield.
“Our strengths are our athleticism, and we have good speed and are solid defensively,” said Port Clinton coach Traci Bodi. “We have six players with no varsity experience, and (limited) depth at pitching.”
In the lineup, Aukerman will hit leadoff.
“Halsey looks to bat second or fifth/sixth,” said Bodi. “Zimmerman will hit anywhere from the No. 3 spot to the No. 5 spot. Cornell could hit anywhere from the No. 3 to No. 5 spot. Jackson could hit anywhere from the two-hole to the fifth spot. Spencer will hit in the two hole or bat fifth or ninth. Gillman, Miller, Dale, Hanson and Buckley will round out the bottom of the order.”
Bodi sees three teams ahead of the pack in the Sandusky Bay Conference Bay Division.
“I think Edison, Huron and Margaretta all have clear chances of taking the division,” said Bodi. “We hope to compete to make a difference, giving ourselves a chance to be in the race.”