Baseball returns with fresh squad

Josh Cutright practices his hitting as he prepares for the 2021 baseball season.

 

It’s been more than a year since the Louisa County High School baseball team had their season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of last week, the team is back on the field and getting ready for a new season.

“It feels really great to be back out here,” said senior Josh Cutright. “It’s great to be back with these guys and to be back on the baseball field.”

Cutright is one of four Lions returning from last year’s squad, and the only returning player from the 2019 season, giving him unique experience at the varsity level.

“He’s really bringing a lot to the team with his leadership,” said Coach Kevin Fisher. “He’s one of the hardest-working kids on the team. All of the kids have worked hard, but Josh is working hard and setting an example for them.”

Cutright is more than happy to step into that leadership role this season. 

“I definitely want to give these guys a bunch of experience that I’m able to bring to the table,” he said. “I want to be a leader that they can look up to and call on if they need help.”

The Lions boast a roster of 12 players this season, including Cutright. The majority of the roster is filled with juniors, including Lucas Cash, Sean Karney and Brent Wallace who are returning from last year’s team. Joining them are senior Hayden Aycock, juniors Jacob Barber, Codey Bratten, Alex Bradford, Christian Lam, Evan Straley and Ryan Toney, and sophomore Shane Dunkum.

Most of the players might be playing varsity baseball for the first time, but what they lack in varsity experience they make up for with versatility.

“I’ve got a solid group of players this year,” Fisher said. “I’ve got 12 guys who can play and are very interchangeable. I’ve got three or four corner guys who can play infield or outfield [and] I’ve got four or five guys that can play middle infield. Our numbers are small, but all 12 can play different positions and that’s going to be key for us this year.

“There’s not going to be much fussing about playing time,” he continued. “All of the kids are going to get an opportunity to play and they’re going to show what they’ve got.”

The Lions may not have as long of a preseason as they’re used to, but Cutright feels the team is more than ready to get the season started.

“I think we have all of the tools we need to be successful this season,” he said. “It’s going to come down to whether or not we come to play when we need to.”

The Lions open their season on April 27 with a home game against the Charlottesville Black Knights. Action begins at 6:30 p.m.

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