Hounds look to keep playoff run alive

The old saying in baseball is you can never have too much pitching.

At first glance, it would seem the Greyhounds will have that covered in 2017.

Eleven of the 17 players on the varsity roster have been getting work on the mound during preseason workouts.

The problem is, only two of those pitched regularly at the varsity level last season.

Senior Bradley Hunnicutt was 5-2 with a save in 13 games, nine of them starts. He had a 3.10 ERA, striking out 38 and walking 23 in 40 2/3 innings.

Senior Thomas Vickers worked in eight games, four of them starts, going 5-0 with a 3.12 ERA. He struck out 16 and walked seven in 24 2/3 innings.

But the top two innings eaters on last year’s 21-7 team, Keever Walker and Chandler Ramage, have graduated. No one else returning pitched more than 6 1/3 innings with the varsity last year.

“Pitching is our question area going into the season,” coach Jason Page said. “We’re confident in what Hunnicutt and Vickers can do. And we think we have enough other arms to cover us, but you don’t really know until you get to playing games that count.”


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