The Trousdale County Yellow Jackets are scheduled to start their 2017 baseball season next week with a trip to Westmoreland on Monday at 4:30 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets will then have home games against Eagleville on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and Thursday against DeKalb County at 6 p.m.
Trousdale County went 13-17 in 2016, going 3-5 in District 8-A before finishing fourth in the district tournament.
The Jackets have five seniors, two of whom are returning starters in Wiley Barton and Dylan Coker. Other seniors are Colton Gammons, Tanner Lannom and Jordan White.
Barton and Coker are each three-year starters, and along with junior Hunter Ford are among the top returning hitters for Trousdale County. Others expected to be major contributors at the plate are junior transfer Logan Hewitt, junior Logan Calhoun, sophomores Houston Stafford and Jake Gregory, along with freshmen Kobe Pridemore, Will Holder and Ben Chumley.
The Yellow Jackets look to be solid on the mound with starters Barton, Hewitt, Coker and Pridemore. Adding depth to the bullpen will be sophomore Keyvont Baines, Stafford, Ford, Calhoun and sophomore Stetson White.
The outfield will be a rotation of Calhoun, Baines, Lannom, White, Barton and sophomore Will Barksdale.
“This team’s greatest strength is the love and passion they have for each other,” said third-year coach Travis Humes. “They are willing to make great sacrifices to help each other and the team be successful.
“Many players will be called on in many different roles this season, and for this team to be successful each player has to do his job.”