MIDDLEBOURNE - Tyler Consolidated hasn't had a lot of winning teams in recent seasons.
Coach Rob Jones senses that is something that is about to change.
Why is that? Because this Silver Knights squad that returns eight starters from last season and Jones feels it is a team hungry to be a winner.
"We worked hard last summer and in the weight room,'' Jones said. "We got into a program and the kids look ready to go.
"The kids have really bought into the system. The sophomores are now familiar with the program."
Jones is entering his second season at the helm of the Silver Knights with a positive attitude as the team comes off a seven-victory season.
Leading the way for Tyler Consolidated will be Mr. Do-It-All Jordan Baker.
A standout quarterback for the football team, he knows how to use his arm. It is one of many reasons Jones is confident in Baker as his No. 1 pitcher, leadoff hitter (hitting .340 last season), and shortstop despite being just a sophomore.
"He's a gamer," Jones said. "He works hard and does everything you can ask for. He is definitely up there as one of our top pitchers."
The Silver Knights have two seniors in second base/shortstop Evan Davis, who will also take the hill as the No. 2 pitcher, and third baseman Issac Michael.
Nathan Heintzman plays catcher, someone Jones said "calls a great game." The junior hit .333 in 2013.
"He does a great job behind the plate," Jones said. "He is just a smart player. He can get on base and he can get steals. Very good player."
Another junior is Jacob Stackpole, who started last year as the designated hitter and also played some third base.
Dillon Glover (third base), Austin Thompson (first base) and Colby Lash (center field) all started last year as freshmen along with Baker.
Kole Starkey is a big strong sophomore who the Silver Knights are looking at to DH some this season.
Also dressing varsity will be utility player Logan Moffett, a transfer from Magnolia, and promising freshmen Trent Smith and Nate Lantz.
Jones is assisted by Vance Ash.