Basketball season is still alive and well, but it’s never too early to take a look ahead at baseball season.
Webster Parish could become the center of some intense baseball discussion this season, with both the Minden Crimson Tide, Lakeside Warriors and Glenbrook Apaches returning the majority of their lineups.
Doyline and North Webster come into the season as relative unknowns, but don’t count out the Panthers or Knights in their districts this season.
The Minden Crimson Tide are coming off a season in which they made the playoffs, but were outed in round one by Lutcher, 7-3. Longtime head coach of the Crimson Tide Dean Francis returns seven starters and should contend with Benton for the district title. Bats shouldn’t be an issue for Minden, but it will be interesting to see who steps up among the pitching staff alongside expected ace, Trace Francis. The Tide’s first live action is Jan. 30 at Byrd in an umpired scrimmage.
The Lakeside Warriors are in a similar spot, returning most of what was a very good team in 2015. The Warriors were bounced from the playoffs by Dunham in round one at home, but the Warriors have what it takes to go further this season. With Cameron Gray as the ace of the staff and Josh Prince at the plate, the Warriors have impact players in both phases. The small-ball game should continue to serve Lakeside well and coaching is never an issue with Will and Bob Gray at the helm.
Glenbrook lost some good players from last years team, but a young talented group is waiting for a shot to prove themselves. The Apaches will be under the direction of first year head coach, Blake Sory.