BY KRISTI REED
After graduating 16 seniors this year, Mill Creek head coach Doug Jones is taking advantage of summer league play to prepare his younger players for the demands of competing in tough region 7-AAAAA.
The Hawks return a handful of starters, including star pitchers Matthew Grimes and Brian Holmes, but must replace key players such as Sam Davis, Matt Tunnell, Cody Clickner, Noah Hanley, Brandon Bast, Eric Hicks, Hunter Pope, Zach Hogan and others.
So far things are going well, Jones said.
“You’ve got your good days and your bad just like in the spring, but, for the most part, it has gone very well,” he said. “It’s answering questions that we need answered.”
Summer league is especially important with so many new faces being added to next year’s starting lineup.
“It gives these kids some opportunities for some extra reps that they did not get during the regular season,” Jones said.
The Hawks’ pitching and the defense have been the bright spots of league play to date.
“For the most part, we’ve got pretty good pitching each time we’ve played,” Jones said. “The defense has shown so far that we have the capability of making routine plays that give us the chance to win.”
Next spring, the Hawks look to continue a winning tradition that led them to a region 7-AAAAA championship this past season.