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“We have a group that likes to work. They like to compete, and we are going to do just that.”
Talk about excitement… Our 12U Midsouth Desposito squad looks to continue to build on the success they had this Fall. After a 10-5 Fall season, the boys and the coaches are hungrier than ever to get right back to it again. The key that helps this group is the athleticism that they bring.
“We are extremely athletic which will benefit us both offensively and defensively. Offensively we have guys that are going to apply constant pressure whether that is grinding out at bats, laying down a bunt, or swiping a bag. Defensively, our goal is to make all the routine plays and half the tough ones. We want to limit giving teams extra outs. We are versatile and no matter what defensive lineup we put on the field; we will catch the baseball,” said Coach Desposito.
When you have a dynamic that allows guys to play multiple positions, and play them at a very high level, it does create this sort of edge to how teams play. The mindset of knowing whoever is out on the field, or the mound, that you have a chance to win every inning you are in, is such a rewarding feeling. It makes the job of coaches a lot easier. It also makes it a lot of fun to sit back and watch the athletes do their thing. As Coach Desposito put it, “This will be a very entertaining group to watch all year long.”
So who is this squad we keep hinting about? Here’s our boys:
#1 Deacon Crocker – People who have been around this game for a while know what it means when you say someone is just a baseball player. It is one of the best compliments that you can give someone that plays. That is Deacon.
#2 Tate McPeak – Tate is an athlete. Constantly finds ways to impact the game.
#5 Bryce Garner – Bryce is as tough as they come. He plays the game the right way and is just one of those guys that you want on your team.
#6 Levi Gallion – Levi is a DUDE, especially on the mound. You like your chances when he is up or on the mound in a big situation.
#7 Vin Bell – Vin is a “Swiss Army Knife” and a team-first guy. No matter where he is on the field, he is going to give you everything he has to help the team.
#8 Maddux Desposito – Maddux is a high-IQ guy. He understands the game and is that extra coach on the field. He is going to show up and bring energy each day and it is contagious.
#10 Ethan Stockwell – E is a bulldog. Great competitor. You know he isn’t going to back down.
#12 Andrew Stonehouse – Hits, hits, and hits some more. Smooth left-handed swing.
#13 Bryson Pack – B Pack plays with his hair on fire. He brings energy and guys feed off it.
#15 Rhylan Hamm – Rhylan is another guy who is just a baseball player. He plays the game hard and always seems to find a way to make an impact.
#17 Knox Tollison – Knox is smooth. Everything he does on the baseball field just looks effortless.
#30 Nolan Plummer – Nolan is a natural leader. He is steady, never too high, and never too low. Guys follow him.
12U year is always a unique year when it comes to the baseball universe. First, you have kids at this point who have grown physically, which makes 12U a lot of fun on both the pitching and offensive side. You are also at this point, here in Middle Tennessee, battling the element of kids needing to grow on the big field through middle school. 13U is right around the corner, the first time you permanently stay on the 60-90 field for the rest of your baseball career. So there’s this sort of balancing act of developing not only to play your tail off your last season of 12U but continuing to look ahead of what’s to come through your 1st year of middle school.
“I think we will have had a successful season if our guys show continued development. The goal is to have them ready for the big field full-time. The big field changes things and it is a separator for those that can play and those that can’t. We need to have our guys ready to go when that time comes,” said Coach Desposito.
We have no doubt these guys are going to be ready. We know what they are capable of. It’s going to make following this group so much fun. We know the coaches & players are beyond stoked to be together once again. As a staff, we can’t wait to follow the handful playing their first year of middle school ball this early part of spring.
– Midsouth Staff