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2020 Rushville Baseball Outlook from Kyle Harpring

Prior to the start of any season, there is always an air of hope and optimism by coaches and players.  Unfortunately, that hope and optimism for the spring sports season was dashed for everyone with its cancellation due to COVID-19.

But we asked coaches to share with us what they were looking forward to: team outlook, individual hopes and expectations or anything else about the season in general.  We’ll be sharing those stories as we receive them and we appreciate those who took the time to send us their thoughts.

Coach Kyle Harpring- Rushville Baseball

The 2020 season was set to be an exciting year for the Lions baseball program for reasons much different from the past two seasons. After graduating ten seniors in 2019, Rushville was looking at having fourteen new faces to the program. Almost eighty percent of the program was going to be freshmen and sophomores. The group had an outstanding winter and the coaches were looking forward to watching how that translated to the field through the course of the season.

The Lions did return one senior in Hayden Walls, a three-year letter winner who had progressed the second half of his junior year and was expected to contribute both on the mound and at the plate. Walls pitched 12-2/3 innings last season, striking out nine batters. He also had six runs batted in.

Although several starting spots were occupied by the large senior class, some experience did return in the sophomore and junior classes. Returning junior letter winners were INF/P Jacob Carroll (22 IP, 17 K, 2.23 ERA), INF/P Austin Howard (4 IP, 1 earned run), and 1B Luke McKee (.250 avg). Returning sophomore letter winners were OF/P Adam Sizemore (5 2B, 5 RBI, 8 1/3 IP, 3.36 ERA), C/OF/P Harley Fuller, and 3B/P Bryce Crowder. John Alexander was another sophomore looking to help this year. Sizemore is set to appear in the Junior Showcase that usually precedes the North-South All-Star game.

The Lions would have expected early help from a large and talented freshman class.  The group experienced a fair amount of success as part of the middle school program, and they were eager to compete for open positions. Players from this group include Jack Barnes, Bryce Berkemeier, Lincoln Comer, Kameron Cox, Jack Culley, Bryce Hatfield, Drew Miller, Ethan Moore, Kameron Morton, Bradley Parsons, Dylan Thompson, Landon Trowbridge, and Cooper Wicker.

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