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Sigmon no longer second fiddle

After 15 years coaching the JV Wolves and assisting former head coach Bobby Martin, Cole Sigmon is anxious to get his first year as the Wolves’ skipper underway.
“I’m very excited. I just feel lucky to be able to do it. To follow Coach Martin who’s been here so long and helped me so much, it’s just an honor,” he said.
“To come back to the school I graduated from, it just make it that much more special,” Sigmon added.
With nine seniors on the roster, Sigmon inherits an experienced and game-tested club. He also is blessed enough to have three southpaws on his pitching staff, a situation most coaches envy.
Left-handed seniors Kyle Snyder, Dustin Weaver, and junior Kenny Reed all figure to give opponents problems since their pitching release will be harder to pick up than a right-hander.
“It’s very unusual, but I like it, because I think a left- hander gives you an advantage because kids don’t see a lot them. For some strange reason, we’re lucky enough to have three and that should help us,” Sigmon said.
The aforementioned, along with right-hander Will Fox will split starts on the mound until conference starts. Then, Sigmon won’t limit innings if the starter is hot.
“If one of them can go seven then we’ll let them. They’ll pitch until I think they need to come out,” he said.
While they’re fortunate to have such a unique starting rotation, they don’t enjoy the same luxury when it comes to who their closer will be. Sigmon believes it will be a closer-by-committee.
“I don’t have anybody that’s going to fill that role. It will be different people the whole season,” he said.
Offensively senior lead-off batter Jeffery Hurt will be looked upon to spark the Wolves’ offense.
“He’s a perfect leadoff hittrer. He can run, put the ball in play, he’s smart and he’s a senior,” Sigmon said.
Justin Green, who will bat second is a player Sigmon ‘likes the way he puts the bat on the ball.’
Senior first baseman Matt Kuster will be counted on to drive in runs.
“He’s that big kid who we expect to hit the ball in the gaps, hit a couple of homeruns and drive them in,” Sigmon said.
The Wolves received a present in the off-season in what turned out to be much-needed. After a starter was ruled ineligible to play this eason, the addition of
third baseman Shane Brackett will lessen the loss and pick up some of the run production.
“I like him driving in runs. He’s a real big addition just because of some of the things that happened in the off-season,” Sigmon said.
Will Fox is a player who resembles another Will—as in Clark, the former San Francisco Giants great. Fox will be counted on to do the same type of things: hit for power, hit the ball in the gaps and drive in runs.
Reed, Snyder and Weaver will play outfield when they aren’t manning the mound. Weaver is ‘a contact hitter,’ according to Sigmon.
Also in the lineup, as a catcher, is freshman Nate Wright. Sigmon believes his ability and potential surpasses his young age.
“Of course he’s got some skills or he wouldn’t be playing. He’s a big strong kid, he played JV football on the offensive line, forward on the JV basketball team and it’s going to be a learning experience him being in the ninth grade, but he can do it. He’s talented enough he can do it,” he said.
Sigmon hopes his upperclassmen will step up and make his first season a success.
“With the seniors I got, I think we ought to be really competitive in every phase of the game,” he said.
The Wolves will visit South Point at 4 p.m. in their first action of the season.
by John Mark Brooks

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