New coach, but ample returning experience for Cougars

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Brendon Neal. DR file photo.

Head Coach: Brian Murphy, first season.

2012: 17-12 overall, 9-5 Hoosier Heritage Conference. Lost 8-2 to New Castle in Class 4A Sectional 9 semifinal.

Last sectional title: 2006.

Key returnees (with grade, 2012 key stats):

P/INF: Curtiss Irving, 12 — 10 IP/.495, 19 2B, 26 RBI

C: Jayden Jackson, 12 — .388, 31 R, 18 BB

P/OF: Brendon Neal, 12 — 1-1, 3.47 ERA in 36.1 IP/.360, 5 HR, 22 RBI

SS: Mitch Gibson, 11 — .314, 21 R, 13 RBI

3B: Cam Gruell, 12 — .281, 19 RBI, 13 BB

P/1B: Seth Adams, 10 — 1-2, 3.50 ERA in 26 IP

RF: Chris Kersey, 12 — .264

P/LF: Jordan Keener, 12 — 2-2, 3.74 ERA in 24.1 IP/.273

What’s new: Travis Keesling left to coach his alma mater, Pendleton Heights, after five seasons at G-C. Former Warren Central head man Brian Murphy is the new manager. Pitcher/infielder Clark Pence is now playing at Morehead State. Other than that, everyone else returns, including a healthy Irving. After going 6-1 with a 1.91 ERA in 58 and two-thirds innings as a sophomore, arm trouble limited the Ohio State recruit to 10 innings as a junior.

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