Liberty Christian Baseball Starting Over with New, Talented Faces…Again
by Steve Gamel
It seems as if lately the story surrounding Liberty Christian’s baseball team is the same every season: more than a handful of starters are lost to graduation, and a new crop of talent is forced to step in and learn on the fly.
Most programs would be very inconsistent under those circumstances, but the Warriors keep finding ways to win.
Liberty Christian is off to another solid start in 2017, and with the district schedule now underway, the Warriors expect another deep run in the TAPPS playoffs after falling one win shy of the state tournament a year ago.
“This is back-to-back seasons of having senior starters who are starting for the first time,” Liberty Christian head coach Johnny Isom said. “Last year’s team figured it out quickly, and we’re hoping this year’s team does the same.”
Isom couldn’t be more correct. The Warriors won 30 games last year despite having to replace 14 seniors from the 2015 squad. Isom had just four returning starters last year, but won seven more games than the previous year.
Leading this year’s charge is the junior trio of centerfielder Kason Howell, shortstop Landon Munday and third baseman Corey McMann. Bump Peaden, who was injured all of last season, is a welcome addition alongside Cale Hundley. Kevin House, who moved in from Dallas Jesuit, will replace Taylor Barber at catcher since he has graduated.
Dawson Barr, Nathan Artt, Brayden Dragoo and Evan Davis should create some depth at pitcher, Isom said.
That may sound like too many new faces, but Isom isn’t fazed.
“They just have to learn the speed of the game on the varsity level,” Isom said. “I feel like we have the pieces to do it. I can say that and mean it every single year.”
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