Head coach Charlie Spivey sees opportunity for the Jackets who will step up into new or larger roles rather than a big obstacle.
"I think our challenge this year is we've got to move a lot of kids around," Spivey
That goes for Jackets stepping into the starting lineup, which will likely vary from game to game, especially early in the season, Spivey
It also goes for "mixing and matching," as Spivey
puts it, depending on opponent, situation, a Jacket strength or any number of other coaching calls.
"I think a lot of kids will get a lot of playing time early on and whoever performs will earn more playing time," Spivey
"I don't see our pitchers going seven innings too often," Spivey
"It's awful, and it's not just us, none of the coaches in the Tri-Nine want to do it," Spivey
said, "but then again, everyone has to do it."
I've never seen that much water on it," Spivey
Rain and winter weather has interrupted some of the Jacket preseason but intrasquad games in the last few weeks have been valuable, as were two scrimmages against Pinecrest last week.
Competition for playing time might make a coach's job tougher but it's been healthy throughout the offseason and preseason says Spivey
Teammates have pushed each other and it should make the team better now that the season's here.
"As a coach," said Spivey
, "it's going to be exciting to see how it pans out."