Defensively, sophomore Cory Shrock and junior Devon Orbaugh are catchers, Ruch is the first baseman, junior Jared Dill is at second, junior S.A. Dunn is the shortstop and Pearce and sophomore Ben Tracy are third basemen. Turner, senior Josh Revils and junior Bo Baker are the top outfielders with junior Keyon Washington also in the mix.
Weeks liked how his defense looked in pre-spring break games against Fishers and Eastern. The Kats split those games.
“We’ve made some errors, especially in the Fishers games, but we’ve also made some big plays that have got us out of some jams,” he said. “We’re young in terms of experience at the varsity level and also in terms of age, but they’ve done a good job so far. I think defense could be one of our strong points.”
Offensively, Baker is penciled into the leadoff spot followed by Dill, Dunn, Ruch and Turner.
Weeks liked how his team looked at the plate in its pre-spring break games.
“I think we’ll hit the ball well,” he said.
Kokomo (1-1) visits Lafayette Jeff Tuesday for a matchup of Class 4A Sectional 7 teams. Weeks sees the North Central Conference and Sectional 7 races as up for grabs this year.
Taylor skipper Brent Owens has to replace his top four hitters, including Class 2A all-state player Logan Barnes, from a 13-12 squad.
“I think that we have a lot of potential, but we have a lot of unknowns because we’re asking a lot of first-year players to step up,” Owens said. “I’ve known these kids since they were 7, 8, 9 years old so I know what the potential is and if they fulfill their potential, I think they have the possibility of being a good team.”
Owens has four returning starters — seniors Austin Douglas and Jordon Lazaro, junior Tyler Gatlin and sophomore Cole Schroeder. Gatlin was an all-Mid-Indiana Conference pick last season.