Spring Preview: River Rats baseball offers strong lineup top to bottom

Huron High School varsity baseball team.

Huron High School varsity baseball coach, David Brooks, is very excited about his team heading into the 2018 season. He says, it’s a “special group.”

“Since I’ve been in the program, top to bottom, freshmen to seniors, this is the best group of pure baseball players,” Brooks says.

Brooks is especially enthusiastic about his senior class and also the “young nucleus” of the squad, which includes 14 sophomore “true baseball” players.

His senior leadership includes four-year starting shortstop and pitcher, Ben Chosid, who will be playing at Kalamazoo College next year, Scotty White (2B/SS/P) and Clayton Skinner (3B/1B/P), both of whom will be three-and-a-half-year varsity starters, and Charlie Kotila (OF/P).

Sophomore Alex Cole (1B/P) will also be a key player for the River Rats.

“These guys are great kids with a high baseball IQ,” Brooks says. “I couldn’t ask for better leadership.”

Brooks names the team’s biggest goal as winning the state championship, but he’s not underestimating the road to get there.

“It starts with playing well in the regular season and winning our conference, which is an uphill battle with one of the toughest baseball conferences in the state,” he says. He notes Saline, Pioneer and Skyline as challenging competitors.

The River Rats’ other goals include winning 25 games, winning the series’ against the other Ann Arbor schools and hitting .300 as a team.

Huron’s next home game is on Thursday, April 5, against Erie Mason. They play Saline on April 23rd and 25th, Pioneer on April 30th and May 2nd, Skyline on May 7th and 9th, and will take the stage at the University of Michigan on Saturday, May 19, against Wyandotte for a double-header.

See the full schedule at: http://annarborhuronbaseball.com/teams/default.asp?u=ANNARBORHURONBASEBALL&s=baseball&p=schedule&d=20180401

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