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Mules Baseball Ready to Bounce Back

Reagan Myers, Staff Writer

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As winter turns to spring, hope springs anew for the Poplar Bluff Mules baseball team. They have recently begun practicing and will open the season this Friday. Head Coach Steve Edwards is optimistic about the prospects of this year’s team. Right on the heels of the 2016 season, in which the Mules went 26-5-1 but lost in the District Semifinals, Edwards is excited for the new season to start. “In comparison to last year, I feel we have grown. We’re a year better, faster, and stronger. We lost a couple position players, but I feel like overall, we have a good chance to improve this season,” Edwards said. One of the aforementioned players the Mules lost is outfielder Kameron Misner, who was drafted by the Kansas City Royals and is currently starting for the Missouri Tigers. In spite of this loss of talent, Edwards is confident in his current roster, which includes 21 returning players. “We’re coming back off a great season. Some of the impact players I look at are guys like Pitcher of the Year Tanner Tibbs. We have a great middle infield in players like Tyson Cox, Turner Fritts, and Jared Moses. The outfield overall is real nice, with players like Ronin Rice, Cameron Jones, Michael Anagnostopoulos, and once again, Jared Moses. The pitching staff is really good with Joe Darlin, Matt Lambert, and Ronin Rice,” Edwards said. When it comes to the season ahead, Edwards has a clear vision for what it will take for his team to achieve their goals. “First thing is playing together as a team, believing in each other, being fundamentally sound, and being all in as a Poplar Bluff Mules baseball player are vital to the team’s success,” Edwards said. First pitch of the 2017 season begins with Junior Varsity at 4:30 on Bobby Strenfel Memorial Field.

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Mules Baseball Ready to Bounce Back