CAMERON - The Cameron baseball team is a very young, but experienced group of players and first-year coach Rich Moffo can't wait to see how the Dragons fare this season.
Moffo, who replaces 11-year coach Eric James, will be working with a strong first team who have been spending plenty of preseason time in the gym and weight room.
"I'm looking for good things from these guys," Moffo said. "They all have talent."
Coming back from a 9-10 record last season and the loss of five seniors, including Jordan Hart, David Klug, Mark Walker, Ivan Hall and Levi Knight, Moffo said he is looking forward to seeing what this new team will bring next.
Returning senior Austin Pegg, described as a power hitter with a great arm, will be the starting pitcher and will play third base.
"We have a great team leader in Austin Pegg, who played first and pitched a year ago," Moffo said. "He's the total package, too. Good fielder to keep him cuffed at first. His physical maturity, bat speed and power, and exceptional fielding will make for an exceptional year for Austin and attract a lot of college interest."
All 6-foot-10 of junior Logan Routt will be on first base when not pitching. Athletic and well-balanced, Routt is also the starting quarterback for the Cameron football team.
"What more could a coach ask for?" Moffo said. "It must be my first-year coaching present. Routt's reach is from the river to the woods. He was a third baseman, that's how a good of a first baseman he will make. I told him to go buy a first baseman's mitt. He did."
With some speed and a good arm, Junior Dustin Cook will be the outfielder and a pitcher. Wyatt Mackey, a sophomore, brings plenty of experience to catcher.
"I can't say enough about Wyatt Mackey," Moffo said. "He's put on size since last year and with size comes throwing speed, bat speed and power. He's a very good-looking catcher and he's smart."
Sophomore Cole Clutter will likely be playing middle infield this year while his twin brother Ryan, a sophomore, will play pitcher, outfield or infield.
"Ryan and Cole both play equally commanding," Moffo said. "They'll mop up anything in the ballpark. Nothing gets by them, around them, through them or over them. They will both be seeing time on the mound. Ryan has been throwing gas during the preseason. Cole has a wicked knuckleball."
First-year players battling for starter positions include Dalton Wood, a junior with high potential, will play all positions, while freshman Trey Routt will be taking third base. Freshman Michael Starcher will be a catcher and junior Quinton Burge will be seen in action in all positions.
Moffo said freshman Lane Miller shows a lot of promise with plenty of baseball experience at a young age.
"Miller does everything well," Moffo said. "He hits, catches, runs well and is a good athlete."
Others looking to make an impact this season are freshmen Lander James and Austin Cain, and sophomores Dalton Coulter and Jack "J.J." Cain.
Moffo will be assisted by Tim Jones.