Expectations remain high for Bulldog baseball team

Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 17:47 PM.

"You are not going to be able to count on one or two people or just think you are going to run them out there and be great. You have to have the whole program right down to the parents, players and coaches having a collaborative effort in order for you to be successful. That's what we had last year that made it special and that's what our expectations are this year."

Senior Matt Gillis, the son of Tim Gillis, has waited his turn and replaces Henderson in centerfield. He'll be joined in the outfield by Drew Graham, Hunter Sullivan and Pierce Cadenhead.

In addition to Dean, the Bulldogs must replace first baseman Seth Thomason on the infield. Corbin Carroll and Matt French will battle for time at first and whoever has the hot bat will likely play.

With Corey Armstrong moving  to short, Hunter Willis becomes the every day second baseman. Justin Abdo and Travis Wiljakainen will spend time at third. J.R. Weeks is a solid defensive player that will probably see time at every infield slot depending on who is pitching.

Abdo, Gillis, Armstrong, Wiljakainen, French and Hunter will handle the bulk of the pitching as the Bulldogs look to replace Roman Donofro and Davis Champion.

Tim Gillis said Abdo, who recently signed with Jefferson Davis Community College in Brewton, Ala., has an above average arm. Matt Gillis also signed with Jefferson Davis and gives the Bulldogs a left-hander on the mound they haven't had in several years.

"As far as pitching depth goes we will be as solid," Tim Gillis said. "We will see how good we will be on the front end (starting pitching). I expect our guys to be good just like they expect to be good and that's what it takes.



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