Talent continuously flows in and out of the Goodrich Martians baseball program on a regular basis -- that's great for coach Bob Foreback, but not so great for the Martians' opposition.
Despite losing uber-talented twins Matt and Nick Glowacki, along with Danny Broughton and three other previous starters who opted not to play ball this spring, Goodrich is once again sitting pretty in the Genesee-Area Conference; it's primed to build on last year's incredible 30-7-1 season and make a run at a third consecutive district title and seventh straight GAC-Red championship.
Yes, that seems to be the scenario each and every spring for Goodrich, a perennial Flint-area powerhouse. Having a stable of studs is commonplace, but this year may be -- dare it even be suggested -- a rebuilding campaign.
"We were not planning on losing six starters from last season but something tells me that no one is going to feel sorry for the Martians," Foreback said. " I am extremely happy for the seniors I have this year who have decided to stick it out and they will finally be getting their opportunity to shine. I think we have a fine collection of quality players and people that will make the season an enjoyable one."
Foreback is right. No one will "feel sorry" for his club. In fact, the mere thought of a vulnerable Martians team is music to opposing coaches' ears.
While he may not have as complete of a team that he's had in the past, overlooking Goodrich would be a grave mistake
Sure, the Glowackis have started tenures with Hope College baseball, Broughton completed an incredibly productive career, and three seniors are sitting out this spring -- but that doesn't matter. Foreback has more, as always, to fill the voids left by past standouts.
JR Dawley is one of Genesee County's best-kept not-so-secret secrets. He doesn't get the attention that Powers' Ethan Wiskur and Davison's Maverick Prine command, but he's most definitely one of the area's top talents. Dawley, a senior, is a skilled middle infielder who will take the field for Siena Heights University next fall.
A three-year varsity member, Dawley will "anchor the infield," says Foreback, and co-captain the squad with left-handed pitcher, senior Mitch Young, who's headed to St. Joseph's on a baseball scholarship.
Young is a crafty southpaw with plenty of gas; he'll be the No. 1 pitcher for Goodrich this spring and will likely string together an All-Area-worthy senior session.
Coaching goes a long way, and Goodrich has the benefit of having Foreback, a true ambassador of prep baseball; he eclipsed the 500-win plateau this past season during the annual Tom Cole Tournament at Broome Park in Flint.
Because of Foreback's knowledge, Goodrich's "down years" aren't really down years. Don't count out the Martians in 2013.
Read the feature on Foreback's historic, 18-year coaching run with the Martians (via Adam Biggers' story on Yahoo! Sports).
Note: MichiganBaseball.net will feature other Goodrich players throughout the season, but for now, here's a quick summary of the who's-who of the Martians varsity team (courtesy of coach Foreback)
Doug Moors – Doug is a strong young man who is a great leader. He is coming of a successful basketball season and is a power hitter. He plays will play first base when Mitch is pitching and will also play some third as the season goes on.
Dylan Elizondo- Dylan is going to be our centerfielder this season. He was a reserve last season but will have much more opportunity this year. He is fast on the base paths and fast in the outfield. We are hoping he can cover a lot of ground in the outfield this season.
Joey Sharrow – He is another player who will benefit from his classmates who did not come out this season. He is mainly and outfielder with a great attitude. He makes good decisions and is a joy to coach.
Jake Luttke – Jake is a pitcher who will be used mainly in that role. He has had some arm trouble so he may be a submarine pitcher this season because it causes less stress on the arm. He will turn heads because his pitching will be very unorthodox.
Corey Batterbee – Corey will have to share time behind the plate this season. He spent most of his time in the outfield last year but has good skills behind the plate. He is an excellent contact hitter and does not strike out very often.
Jordan Hughes- Jordan is a middle infielder that played behind the Glowackis and JR last year so he did not get much of a chance to show his skills. He is very fundamentally sound and makes all the routine plays. Jordan will share time at second base this season.
Jacob Zagoni- Jake will be our number 2 pitcher behind Mitch Young this season. Jacob had limited innings last season but has worked hard over the winter and is ready to enjoy a successful senior year.
Jake Gleason- Jake played quality innings on the Varsity last year as a freshman. He can truly play any position and his baseball knowledge is vast. I see him catching, pitching and playing some of the infield positions this year and I think he may be our biggest surprise at the plate.
Austin Tangney and Gavin Farmer are both 10th graders who will get some innings but have no Varsity experience as of yet. They both have potential but time will tell as to how successful they will be. Austin will get time on the mound and Gavin will also share in the catching duties this year.
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