Expectations remain high for Bulldog baseball team

Crestview baseball

Crestview sophomore Corey Armstrong delivers a pitch against Niceville in a preseason game on Feb. 7 played at Fort Walton Beach High School.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 05:47 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Fans attending Crestview High School baseball games this spring might not recognize many of the players without a scorecard.

The Bulldogs graduated four-year starters Dakota Dean and Tyler Henderson, as well as another half-dozen players who contributed to two district championships.

Crestview Coach Tim Gillis, now in his 12th year as the head man, isn't focusing on who he lost, but rather the players he has coming back.

"I've always been told if you talk about rebuilding that gives you an excuse to lose and that's not the way we think," he said. "We are anticipating being in the mix, having a chance to go to the playoffs and having a chance to win it all.

"Our expectations are going to be high always."

The Bulldogs will be strong up the middle with Austin Armstrong returning for his fourth season at catcher. Sophomore Corey Armstrong (no relation to Austin), who started at second base moves over to shortstop to replace Dean.

"That's big (to have the Armstrongs anchoring the defense)," Gillis said. "You always want to be strong up the middle. Last year we had some really good players, but we also had some guys that answered the bell and had strong years and that's why we were successful.

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