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Optimist Club Boys Leagues Set Teams; Prep for Openers
April 2, 2008 - In just a few weeks the Knightstown Optimist Club youth baseball and softball leagues will be getting underway once again. Teams have already been compiled through the league drafts and uniforms are on order as coaches attempt to find good weather holes to begin preparing their teams for the upcoming season.
The defending champion Reds appear to be loaded with talent once again this season, although they lost several key players off a team that lost just one game and took the championship last season.
Gone are Drake Peggs and Spencer Mattix, the two star players who combined for six hits and six runs scored in the championship, a 16-2 victory over the Tigers. Alex Fields and Quadere Noe both had two hits and scored two runs, while Rufus Noe and Jared Mills both collected two hits. Noah Stone, William Noe and Jacob Rush all hit safely as eight different players scored and 10 had hits in the game for the Reds. None of those players are on the Reds’ roster this season.
In the championship game last year the Tigers responded with good offensive outings from Adam Bundy and Jared Waterman, who each went 2-for-3 and scored the team’s only runs. Travis Isaacs also had a base hit in the game. Isaacs was in on two of the best defensive plays during the game.
Twice Isaacs turned a double play, ending scoring runs by the Reds.
Coaches: Steve Dalton and Kerry Buchanan
A.J. Dalton, Kaleb Buchanan, Tyler Burton, Addison True, Jon Simmons, Cameron Dennis, Jackson Lukens, Lucas Lewis, Cameron Jones, Cameron Dean, Zach Evans and Zachary Wolfrom.
Coaches: Joe Harding and Gabe Carmichael
Brock Harding, Mason Carmichael, Lucas Haase, Lane Parker, Jon Lukens, Kasen Kinnaman, Tucker Personett, Jordan Messer, Brandon Hyatt, Ethan Yoder, Austin Forshey, David Peck and Colby Hunt.
Coach: Ben Madison
Dawson Smith, Vivian Goodpaster, Kase Gulley, Dalton Moss, Ethan Roberts, Levi Back, Mason Tinkle, Dakota Sego, Sebastian Lockridge, Parker Barrett, Michael Haney and Brendan Anderson.
Coach: Rusty Campton
Austin Campton, Kaunner Cleek, Marcus Couch, Dylan Hiner, Dane Corbett, J.T. Butler, Justin Thomas, Dalton Atkinson, Seth Roberts, Todd Taylor, Zeke Perryman and Jose Olivo.
Coaches: Randy Campbell and Ron Jackson
Cody Campbell, Josiah Jackson, Elijah Chapple, Sam Mix, Walker Gorman, Caleb Munden, Jacob Brooks, Zachery Hedrick, J.D. Willis, Blake Dunaway, Nicholas Little and Brandon Linder.
Coaches: Cary Ellis and Darren Haines
Brady Ellis, Hunter Haines, Gabe Gosser, Corey Ray, Jack Smith, Andrew Locker, R.W. Locker, Dakota Locker, Jared Wasson, Cooper Strawsma, Michael Weiland, Kendall Stamm and Landon Fields.
Coaches: Mike Fender and Jason Brockman
Cameron Fender, Connor Brockman, Bryan Newby, Brett Day, Noah Stone, Jayson Bowers, Mikey Watson, Jerrad Gulley, Chance Morgan, Lance Morgan, William Flora and Carlie Dick.
Coaches: Mark Fort and Gabe Carmichael
Jack Fort, Landon Carmichael, Addison Jones, Jason Gray, Caleb Spiker, Marcus Cavaletto, Marcus Vise, Ross Zeller, Zac Morris and Parker Engle.
Coaches: Carl Smith and Jeff Smith
Cooper Ware, Gavin Back, Aiden Back, Cameron Sweet, Chase Sweet, Sam Good, Matt Craft, Brad Howell, Emerson Hollenbaugh and Chase Cook.
Coaches: Chris Keith and Tina Smith
Lucas Mills, Conner Keith, Drake Smith, Joey Culbertson, Ryan Back, Dylan Chandler, James Lukens, Garrett Dalton, Spencer Goodpaster and Ben Sandler.
Coaches: Rich McCorkle and Danny Cupp
Mason McCorkle, Drew Cupp, Keegan York, Levi Jones, Brock Corbett, Austin Deaton, Elliott Shackleford, Mason Hall, Morgen Hall and Ezra Chapple.
Coaches: Jon Brookbank and Mark Davis
Connor Brookbank, Cooper Davis, Derek Overman, Samuel Cooper, Kyle Knotts, Connor Judd, Garrett Neumeister, Benjamin Newby and Barrett Orr.
Coaches: Corey Johnson and Mark Arnold
Kyle Johnson, Zach Arnold, Justin Locker, Caleb Pyle, Connor Pyle, Dillon Graham, Max Muncy, Mason Muncy and Colton Leisure.
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