By Charles Prince

The North Jefferson News




CORNER — New Corner baseball coach Shane Chappell wants the Yellow Jackets playing against the best competition Alabama has to offer. Chappell thinks playing top teams will take Corner baseball program to another level of play.

“We’ve got nine 6A schools on our schedule,” Chappell said. “You can’t take a day off with a schedule that hard. This type of schedule will help our players learn to compete day-in and day-out. Learning to compete each day will help our program take the next step, so we can go deeper into the playoffs.”

Chappell with have four members of last year’s club that fell to Haleyville in three games in the second round of the 4A playoffs.

The four—senior pitcher and shortstop Caleb Hoyle, senior pitcher Derrick Moore, junior third baseman and first baseman Derrick Roberts and senior outfielder and second baseball Brett Gurley—all played key roles as the Jackets won their fourth straight area title last spring.

“I’m teaching a different style of hitting from what these players have been used to,” Chappell said. “We may have to play some small ball until our players get adjusted to it, but once they get comfortable with it, I’d expect us to have better power numbers than last year’s team. I’ve expecting to have a team that can hit the ball hard from gap to gap.”

Chappell expects Gurley, Hoyle, Moore and senior Zac Reeves to be leaders of the Yellow Jackets pitching staff this spring.

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