Back in blue: Frenship baseball prepares for 2017 campaign

With a healthy group of new and old faces, the Tigers return to the diamond ready for their third season of Class 6A competition.

“We got some returners and we got some new guys that I think are ready to step up and fill the role,” Frenship coach Chad Reynolds said. “We’ve had a good first week of practice. Right now we are trying to get our pitchers arms in shape. We are doing a lot of live scrimmaging game-like situations and it is going good.”

The Tigers went two rounds deep in the playoffs last season and finished 26-10.

From its 2016 squad, Frenship returns talented players at several positions — including first-team all-district selection Landon Everitt at second base.

Second-team all-district selections Mason Weathers and Dylan Merritt will also take the field for the 2017 campaign.

Reynolds said he expects Conley Green to lead the team on the mound this season, serving as the bell-cow pitcher. Green and teammate Kameron Deterding signed to play baseball at Lubbock Christian University.

Green and Deterding are experienced players expected to contribute heavily on either end. The duo have played together on the same team since they were 6 years old.

Reynolds said team’s defense is an early strength as they work toward the regular season.

“We have to establish that consistency. I think that is the difference between really good teams and average teams,” he said. “I think that will come with more repetitions and more games. I think that is going to come for us and is always a work in progress.”

The Tigers will compete in a newly realigned District 2-6A. Their 2017 district schedule will include Midland, Midland Lee, Odessa, Permian, San Angelo Central and Tascosa.

“We see a lot of good things (early on),” Reynolds said. “I think we are going to be very athletic. I think we are going to be able to run and play good defense. It’s going to be exciting.”

Frenship baseball 2017 schedule

Date Opponent Location Time

Feb. 23-25 Rock Hardball Classic Round Rock TBA

Mar. 2-4 Tournament of Champions Midland TBA

Mar. 9-11 Lubbock ISD Tournament Frenship TBA

Mar. 16 Odessa Odessa 4:30 p.m.

Mar. 18 Tascosa Frenship 1 p.m.

Mar. 21 Midland Lee Midland 4:30 p.m.

Mar. 24 Midland Midland 4:30 p.m.

Mar. 31 Permian Frenship 6 p.m.

Apr. 1 Permian Odessa 1 p.m.

Apr. 4 Odessa Frenship 7 p.m.

Apr. 7 Odessa Odessa 4:30 p.m.

Apr. 11 Tascosa Amarillo 4:30 p.m.

Apr. 13 Tascosa Frenship 7 p.m.

Apr. 18 Midland Lee Frenship 7 p.m.

Apr. 21 Midland Lee Midland 4:30 p.m.

Apr. 25 Midland Frenship 7 p.m.

Apr. 28 Midland Midland 4:30 p.m.

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