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Warriors striving to bounce back in 2012

March 19, 2012
By Andrew Davis Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

The Pocahontas County baseball team will look to bounce back after a 9-18 season last year.

The Warriors return an experienced group of players from last year's team for first-year coach Jim McCoy.

McCoy takes over for head coach Mike DiPasquale, who stepped down after last season.

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Steve Halterman will look to lead Pocahontas County’s baseball team this season.

The Warriors, who lost in the regional final to Valley-Fayette last season, will be led by senior Steve Halterman.

Halterman, who batted .423 last year with three home runs and 29 RBIs, will be the team's starting shortstop and one of the top pitchers for Pocahontas County this season.

"We're counting on Steve to lead us in the field and on the mound this year," McCoy said. "He will be counted on big for his bat. He was our top hitter last season."

Also returning for Pocahontas County will be left-handed pitcher Garrett Clark.

"Garrett had a good junior year on the mound a year ago, so we're expecting big things from him," McCoy said. "We need him to have another good year for us."

Seniors Clark, Dalton Walker, Matthew Arbogast and Dillon Hovorka all return with playing experience.

Clark will pitch and see time in the infield, while Walker will be in centerfield. Arbogast will see time at catcher and Hovorka will be in leftfield.

Sophomore Brandon Hammons will see time in the infield and pitching, while sophomore Wes Felton is expected to handle the second-base duties.

Junior Spencer McCoy is expected to battle for time at first base and third base.

"We've got a lot of kids returning from last year, which is nice," McCoy said. "The experience we have back this season is big for us."

Pocahontas County will travel to Pendleton County on March 23 to open up the season.

The Warriors will open the season with three straight road trips before playing their first home game of the season on April 9 against rival Tygarts Valley.



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