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Experienced group leads Bobcat baseball

May 21, 2012
By TRAVIS HINES - T-R Sports Writer ( , Times-Republican

Seven seniors will be the strength for Marshalltown baseball this summer.

The Bobcats open play tonight in a doubleheader at Newton heavy on experience with players set to make their last go-round.

Kyle Carnahan, Connor Bueghly, Paul Fienup, Bennett Mann, Alex Thompson and Tre Blackford are all slated to be starters with Zach Moore playing in a utility role as MHS looks to improve upon its 19-19 campaign a year ago.

"So far this season our seniors have demonstrated the ability to lead and a willingness to work that we haven't had here from a group in a long time," said MHS head coach Steve Hanson. "Being a senior means you not only have to take care of yourself, but you also have to take care of the people around you."

Carnahan headlines the group after a second-team CIML Iowa Conference nod last season following a year that saw him lead MHS in batting average (.376), runs (33), hits (47), triples (2), home runs (4), slugging percentage (.568), and on-base percentage (.463).

"You rely heavily on those guys who have had the most at-bats and the most experience and I guess that starts with Carnahan," Hanson said. "He's been around a couple of years and played at this level a couple of years. He's a real talented player who in my mind has a long way to go before he reaches his potential."

Fact Box

2012 Marshalltown Baseball Schedule

(All 5:30 p.m. doubleheaders unless noted)

May 21, at Newton


May 28, at CR Kennedy (1), 3 p.m.

May 29, at Johnston

May 30, Waterloo East (1), 7:30 p.m.

June 1, Indianola, (1), 7:30 p.m.

June 4, at Ames

June 7, WDM Valley

June 8, Des Moines Roosevelt

June 11, at Mason City

June 14, Fort Dodge

June 15, at Dowling Catholic

June 18, at Waukee

June 21, Ames

June 25, at WDM Valley

June 28, Mason City

June 29, at DM Hoover (1), 7:30 p.m.

June 30, Brent Prange Invite, at Ankeny, TBA

July 2, at Fort Dodge, 4 p.m.

July 5, Waukee

July 9, Ottumwa

July 10, at Ankeny

MHS will sport an all-senior outfield with Mann in right, Bueghly in left and in center will be Thompson, "who may be as good of defensive outfielder as there is around," noted Hanson. Thompson led the Bobcats with 31 steals a year ago.

Carnahan, Mann and Thompson started in all 38 games last season.

Blackford will man second base while Fienup and Carnahan will split duties behind the plate. Carnahan, Blackford and Mann will also be part of the pitching staff.

"Our seniors are good teammates," Hanson said. "Because of their involvement in other sports, they understand what kind of investment is necessary to be good players and good teammates.

"Because of their attitudes we have a better chance of being successful this summer."



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