By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The No. 25 is back in the Millington Trojan dugout.
Well, kind of. Trojan Baseball will be led by Zane Adams starting this season.
The former Millington standout pitcher wore the numerals 2 and 5 for the black and gold in the early 2000s.
After time playing in college for West Alabama and being the pitching coach for the Brighton Cardinals, Adams is back in the uniform of the Millington Trojans.
“I probably won’t wear a number,” Adams declared. “Plus I think there’s somebody already on the team with the number 25. They have to live up to it.
“It feels good to be back,” he continued. “We have a lot of work to do. Weather has been rough. We’ve only practiced one day in two weeks. Our first game is two weeks aways. We’ve got a lot of work to do in two weeks.”
The Trojans start the Zane Adams Era March 9 against Fayette Academy at home. That will be the beginning of his 18 players taking on the challenge of 30 JV and Varsity games in 2015.
“Everything is good,” Adams said. “We don’t have a whole lot of numbers. But the players I do have work really, really hard. In the few months we’ve been working, I’ve seen improvements. You can tell they want to improve and they want to get better. They’re working at it.”
Millington returns some established talent like pitchers Lucas VanEmelen and Payton Wiginton. The seniors will leaders on and off the field.
Adams noted that duo and others are working hard throughout the preseason because he has made no promises.
“I told them the other day, ‘I don’t have a starting lineup right now,’” he said. “‘If you want it, come get it.’
“They like it,” Adams added. “Everybody is responding well. They come in everyday working hard because they know nothing is guaranteed to them right now.”
With a clean slate for his team, Adams said the beginning of the 2015 season is also a rebirth for himself.
“It’s a fresh start,” he said. “This is my first job as a head coach. It’s kind of a rebuilding year. And I don’t feel any added pressure because I’m from here.
“I probably put more added pressure on myself than anybody else,” Adams concluded. “Being from here and playing here, I want it to be good. So I’m putting the pressure on me more than anybody else.”