Sectional champs to employ small ball


Head coach: Brian Murphy, second season

2013: 23-8-1 overall, 11-3 Hoosier Heritage Conference. Beat Connersville 6-3 to win 4A Sectional 9 championship, lost 3-0 to eventual state runner-up Cathedral in regional semifinal.

Last sectional title: 2013

Key losses: IF/P Curtiss Irving (.485/30 RBI/3-1/2.13 ERA), P/OF Brendon Neal (7-1/3.08 ERA/.244) and C Jayden Jackson (.328) were among a large group of 2013 graduates who led the Cougars to their first sectional title since 2006, as well as a first-ever Hoosier Heritage Conference championship. Irving was the Hancock County Co-Player of the year (with Mt. Vernon’s Troy Montgomery), while Neal and Jackson made the All-County squad. Other starters lost to graduation include OF Kyle Gleeson (.293), OF Chris Kersey (.250), 3B Cam Gruell (.240) and 2B Adam Rains (.165).

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