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Westview roster filled with players capable of leading

Westview roster filled with players capable of leading
Westview roster filled with players capable of leading | Westview High School baseball, Chargers, Bryant Fisher

Tag — Charger senior catcher Bryant Fisher (right) is preparing for more collisions at the plate in the 2008 season.
No superstars adorn this year’s Westview Chargers baseball roster.
As far as second-year head coach Brian Allen is concerned, every person on the squad is a team player capable of leading the Chargers to victory.
“This year’s group is full of good ballplayers, but no superstars,” he stressed. “No one carries us on his back. There is no one greater than anyone else. There are no stars on the team this year.”
Tentatively starting for the Chargers is Alex Parham in center field. Adam Garner will pitch, play third base and catch. Senior Bryant Fisher will pitch and catch. Madison Hughey will play second base. Chris Fowler will occupy third base and outfield. Matthew Tucker will play in the outfield, sophomore Bryton Ramsey will play right field and Travis Garner will play shortstop. Also seeing time on the field will be Tyler Turner at pitcher and outfielder.
Andrew Fisher will play in the outfield and pitch as will Taylor Weber. Zach Bell will catch and Stanton Watson will be an outfielder.
Standing on the mound will be Andrew Fisher, Adam Garner, junior Reid Cates, Fowler and Ramsey.
The majority of the outfield will be returning from last year’s team, but the Chargers’ pitching ace Ryan Garner was lost to graduation, so the team will be young on the mound.
“We have no ace this year, but we have between five and six solid pitchers this year and they could start in any order,” Allen said. “Our infield is scary. We have two sophomores starting out there, but they’re both solid.”
In the district, Westview will knock heads with strong teams such as Dyer County and Dyersburg, but Allen is convinced that the district allows room for many teams to have success.
Last year’s Chargers started off strong, experienced a lull in the middle of the season and finished up strong.
“We will miss Ryan Garner severely on the mound. We had a great chance of winning every time he touched the mound,” Allen admitted. “We lost five starters, but we have four back. We lost to Milan, 4-3, in the first round of the district, won the second round game and lost the third round to Crockett County.”
“This group works hard and is great to be around,” he added. “We have good chemistry. There are no attitudes. There is no nucleus. A new person steps up each day. Assistant coaches Philip Taylor and B.J. Gibbs are in their first year with us and they do a great job. They’re very knowledgeable about the game.”
As far as improvements, Allen is looking forward to his sophomores and freshmen stepping up.
“We are stronger in the infield this year,” he emphasized. “Our catcher is one of the best blocking catchers in west Tennessee. Mark Tucker, a sophomore who did not play last year, is very athletic and has refined his game. We’ve had two scrimmages this year and we looked decent, but there’s still work to do. We’ve only had two days on the field so far. I’d like to thank the maintenance crew and Brian Moore. We’ve worked together very well. They’re always more than ready to help. I’d also like to thank the administration here and Coach Byars and Coach Davis who are always willing to help out.”
The Chargers will begin their 2008 season Monday, March 10 when they entertain the South Fulton Red Devils with first pitch set for 4 p.m.
Through the season, fans can keep up with team by logging on to www.ballcharts.com/westviewchargers.

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