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Fulton baseball team gearing up for challenging season

86490800by Rob Tetro

After the first days of practice, Fulton varsity baseball coach Kip Harvey was pleased with the effort his players displayed.

However, he is quick to point out that the Red Raiders still have a lot of work to do to be ready for the season.

According to Harvey, being ready for the season means that his players will be ready to work towards achieving its goals.

This season, Fulton will aim to play every team as competitively as possible. They also want to be in a position to be playing for a league championship while also qualifying for sectional play.

The Red Raiders appear to be a team that will lack varsity level experience in 2013. There are only five seniors on the roster, but four of them were starters a year ago. They are Cody Dick,  Jake Crucitti, Adam Briggs, Ron Smith and Shane Beauregard.

The team will feature four juniors who will be moving into starting positions this season. Those players are Jeremy Langdon, Nick Summerville, Dan Coant and Kirby LaBeef. Sophomores John Cummins, Peter Ravesi, Chris Jones and freshman Michael Bolster are all debuting at the varsity level this season.

Harvey appears to have a lot of confidence in Cummins, Ravesi, Jones and Bolster. He expects them to earn a lot of playing time this season.

At this point, the Red Raiders have not named any captains. However, Harvey pointed out that he expects Dick to pick up where he left off as captain in 2012. Harvey credited Dick for his leadership abilities, which include being a mature and responsible individual.

He suggested that maturity is the most important characteristic that he hopes to identify in someone who aims to be a captain on his team.

According to Harvey, a captain is a positive individual who encourages his teammates to be better rather than holding them back. He also pointed out that a captain is a trustworthy individual whose presence encourages teammates to follow and duplicate.

Harvey credited Dick for meeting nearly all of the expectations he has for a captain.

This season, Fulton will look to emphasize solid defensive execution. Harvey said that mistake free defensive play could allow them to be as consistently competitive as they hope to be.

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