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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The two-time defending district champion Richmond Spartans have plenty of holes to fill as they prepare for the 2014 baseball season.
Coach Brandon Quick has to replace all but two regular infielders from last year’s 11-7 team that also finished runner-up in the MRVC East with an 8-2 showing.
However, Quick faced the same situation last year and the 2013 season resulted in the Spartans second-consecutive sectional appearance.
“I am extremely proud of what our program was able to achieve last year with all the players we had to replace from a great 2012 season,” he said.
Quick, who had 42 players report for the first workouts of the season, feels the strength of the program lies in the junior varsity. He expects the JV players from last year will be the ones to step up.
“I would say that anyone who watched our JV games last year will be pleasantly surprised to watch some of those same players holding their own at the varsity level this year,” he said. “This is because many of them spent the winter working on the fundamentals.”
“Unless we have a surprise or two,” Quick added, “I would expect the majority of our contributions to come from guys who have worked their way up through the program.”