Looking to make some noise in the District 18 Tournament Senior division, the Angleton All-Stars head into the competition with a somewhat young team.
The District 18 Tournament will be hosted by El Campo and starts today with Bay City and Palacios at 6 p.m. followed by Angleton vs. El Campo at 8 p.m.
“We have a bunch of young kids wanting to play and hopefully we will do a good job over there,” Angleton Senior manager Nathan Etheridge said. “We have a lot of heavy bats in our lineup, but I will rely on our pitching and defense. We have a solid core infield that we’ve been working with, and four solid starting pitchers that we will go with. Hopefully it will get us through the tournament.”
Pitching-wise, the Angleton Seniors will rely on the arms of Sebastian Baladez, Nicholas Etheridge, Hayden Tyus and Kennon Gutzman.
“Sebastian has one heck of a breaking ball,” Nathan Etheridge said. “Nicholas has a nasty movement on his two seam and killer slider, with Hayden having a rocket arm and just throws hard. And Kennon is our all around kind of guy who can throw just about anything.”
The Angleton All-Stars will also bring some tough hitters in with Tyus, Braedyn George, Baladez, Josh Williamson and Gutzman.
This is a double elimination tournament with the championship round starting Monday. The winner of the District 18 tournament will head to sectionals, which will be hosted by Rosenberg starting July 5.
Angleton is not looking past any opponent, but hopes some of its defense will hold on.
“Our shortstop will be Nicholas Etheridge and our second baseman will be Hayden Tyus and we will depend on them to make that infield tough,” Nathan Etheridge said. “But in the outfield we have Kennon Gutzman and Josh Williamson. Kennon will man left field with Josh in center field. I am not quite sure about right field, but for sure our main focus will be on the middle infield.”
Youth is something Angleton has a lot of going into the tournament.
“The one thing that will be different for us is we are going to be playing high school kids and I think I only have four or five high school kids on our team,” Nathan Etheridge said. “Everybody else is just going into high school. All of these other players on these other teams are high school players, so we are hoping we can give them some competition.
“We have some ball players, but when you are going up against some sophomores and juniors they have about three years of high school ball under their belt and half of our team is just going in as freshmen.”
Assistant coaches for the team are Charles Phillips and Ralph Baladez.