By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The Millington Trojans will embark upon a new district in a new classification starting this week.
The Trojans led by Head Coach Zane Adams move into District 15-2A from District 14-3A. No longer Millington will take on the likes of Bartlett, Arlington, Bolton and Cordova.
Now the Trojans will challenge Class 2A teams like Covington, Ripley and Haywood. Heading into the start of the 2016 season, the main team Millington was focusing on was Millington.
“They’re working hard and we’ve still got a long ways to go,” Adams acknowledged. “We scrimmaged three game and with each one we got better. But we’ve still got a long ways to go before next Monday. We’ve got a lot of young players who need to step up.”
The Trojans’ roster will feature six seniors and several underclassmen. Many who will be seeing varsity action for the first time.
“I expect a lot out of them,” Adams said. “We’ve got 11 freshmen this year. So these seniors have to step up and be leaders. And I’ve been preaching to them, ‘Not leaders as in telling people what to do. But leaders as in doing it and showing these young kids how it is.’ They’ve been great. I’ve got a group of kids work-ethicwise, they come in everyday and get after it. And it all starts with my seniors.”
One of the key seniors will be Noah Graham. He is coming off an ACL injury from football. Expected to be cleared this month, Graham will be counted on for his speed at the top of the batting order and as a key arm in the rotation.
Another Trojan who will be featured in the pitching order will be Aaron Peerey. The 6’5 hurler was one of the leader in wins last season for Millington.
Other pitchers to look for for this season will be Jordan Tincher, Garrett Durley and Sean Oglesby.
As for offense, Graham will be near the top of the lineup with teammate Tincher. Adams hopes they have a high on-base percentage to set the table for players like Alex Philipps, Noah Stephens and Peerey.
Adams said he will mix in some of the younger players building up to the district tournament this May.
“I’m excited about it,” he said. “Ripley is going to have a good squad this year. They have two good senior arms. In the league we’re in, you need two really good arms. Covington is going to be Covington, scrappy and getting after it.
“Haywood will be solid,” Adams concluded. “I feel for us going into this league, we’ll have a better chance of competing for the top of the league than we have in years past. So, we’ll see what happens.”