2012 New Castle Trojans
Trojans enter season with experience, high hopes
· New Castlehas one of its most experienced teams ever. (9 seniors, 11 returning lettermen)
· The Trojans returning players have a combined 21 varsity letters
· Five players have been recognized by the NCC as All Conference performers
Building on 2011
· The Trojans won 17 games for only the 7th time in the programs 89 seasons (3rd time in 10 years).
· Finished in 3rd place in NCC with an 8-6 record. This was only the 14th winning NCC season in 54 years (4th time in 10 years)
· Recognized by IHSBCA Coaches Poll, ranked as high as 7th
· Return 6 of 8 starters & 6 of 8 pitchers from 2011
The Trojan's pitching staff returns 6 pitchers who saw action from 2011. Pre-season Honorable Mention All American junior Trey Ball, 2011 Indiana state saves leader junior Michael Bear, seniors Casey Coy, Jake Kendall, and Adam Kranda will all compete for spots in the Trojan starting rotation, while seniors Conner King, Jordan Day, Jon Newby, junior Kodi King, and sophomore Grant Malott will see action on the mound as relievers.
1st Base will once again be anchored by senior Adam Kranda. Kranda, who is entering his 3rd season as the starting 1st baseman, looks to continue the consistent play that helped him earn his All NCC selection in 2011. Also looking to see action at 1st Base is senior Zach Morris and junior Trey Ball.
The Men of Troy return their double play combination of senior 2nd Baseman Jake Kendall and senior Shortstop Conner King. Kendall (2nd team NCC) and King (1st team NCC) look to help the Trojans have a successful 2012 season with their steady defense and solid approach at the plate. Senior 2nd Baseman Jon Newby looks to spell Kendall at 2nd Base when he takes the mound for the Trojans.
The "Hot Corner" is perhaps the most wide open, yet deepest position, the Trojans have entering the 2012 season. There will be four players battling to secure the spot left open by former Trojan 3rd Baseman, Derek Morris. Returning players getting an opportunity at 3rd Base are senior Casey Coy and junior Michael Bear. Newcomers, junior Kodi King and sophomore Grant Malott will also get a chance to earn a spot at 3rd Base. However, it is vital that two of these players step up as 3rd Base options for New Castle since each of the four players will also factor into the Trojan pitching staff.
Behind the plate the Trojans are looking to replace 3 year starter Tyler Paul. The players accepting this challenge are returning letterman sophomore Zak Kellogg and junior Jordan Decker. Both players bring a good work ethic and solid defensive presence. The player who proves to be the most consistent at the plate should see the majority of the innings. However, since the Trojans play six double headers this season it is essential to have catching depth to provide rest from the demanding position.
The New Castle outfield also displays a lot of depth and athleticism. The Trojans return all three starters, senior centerfielder Jordan Day (2nd team NCC), senior leftfielder Austin Cook, and junior rightfielder Trey Ball (1st team NCC). Players also expecting to see game action in the Trojan outfield in 2012 are seniors Zach Morris and German Ruiz, junior Kody Razor, and sophomore Grant Malott.
The Trojan schedule is lined up with multiple pre season ranked teams (9 teams received recognition). These teams consist of 14 of the 28 games the Trojans will play this season. Therefore the depth the Trojans have will be essential for a successful regular season, NCC season, and extended tournament run.