Franklin-Fulton baseball preview
It's that time of year again when when boys get to dust off their spikes and return to a game that introduced many of us to the wonderful world of sports.
With the sound of lawn mowers powering up and sunflower seeds sprinkled on the floor of the dugouts, it's time for baseball in Franklin and Fulton counties.
Throughout the 10 area teams, the goal is clear: Improve from last year. But for some, that might be easier said than done.
Like most every year, pitching will be a major focus for successful teams, and a major area for improvement for those hoping to move ahead. Four of the area's top pitchers return to action with Southern Fulton's Trent Rider, last year's P.O. Player of the Year, the Greencastle-Antrim duo of Derek Measell and Myles Gayman, and Chambersburg's Austin Suders all headlining their respective pitching rotations.
But other area teams aren't so lucky, like McConnellsburg, which lost nearly two-thirds of its innings pitched.
Franklin and Fulton counties will also welcome four new coaches this season, two of whom have the task of filling some mighty big shoes after a pair of area legends retired from the game.
Scott Folmar returns to his alma mater to take over after Bob Thomas retired after 51 years with the Chambersburg program, and John Lowery Jr. takes over at the helm of the Mercersburg Academy baseball team after the retirement of Karl Reisner after a 25-year tenure.
But despite some unknowns with area teams this season, one thing is clear: We are all happy it's finally baseball season.