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January 27, 2014

Hornets hold first baseball tryout under new coach

HUNTSVILLE — The Hornets worked on baseball basics at Monday’s tryout.

First-year Huntsville head coach Brad Bohannon says he wants to see who can swing the bat, field the ball and throw it. He wants to see who has exceptional speed and the best baseball abilities.

“We’ve got to have guys who can play baseball,” Bohannon said. “We want to have fun but we’ve got to be serious about what we’re doing and I think they understand that. The competition amongst ourselves has been really good.”

After throwing baseballs around for a while, potential infielders lined up at third base to take ground balls and throw them over to first. Then the Hornets fired the ball from right field to third base and home plate.

Huntsville is looking to recover from a stormy 2013 season which saw first-year head coach Brett Guillory resign during the season.

Bohannon said the interest level in the team seems to be up from when he first took over the program last fall.

“I know Huntsville’s had some success in the past and the last few years have been kind of rough,” the Hornets’ new coach said. “Obviously, having played in Walker County and the success we had in New Waverly, I’d like to keep that success in Walker County.

“I’m excited. I think we’ve got a good group. I enjoy working with the coaching staff and these players. It seems like a good situation so I’m looking forward to it.”

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