STANTON — Central Montcalm has a new baseball coach and he’s got high expectations for his team.
The Green Hornets are going to be led by Rocky Studley, who takes over for John Johnson this season.
Studley is no stranger to Central Montcalm baseball, he noted.
“I’ve been with the program for two years on the JV and varsity level, so I was interested” in the varsity head coaching position, he said.
With this being Studley’s first year as coach, he has a goal in mind.
“We want to go out and play some educated ball and win some games,” he said. “That’s what we’re looking to do.”
Studley’s offensive philosophy will be to get aggressive on the base paths.
“We’re going to run,” he said. “We have some speed and we’re going to take that to our advantage. Catch me if you can.”
Studley likes the way his defense is set up.
“Defensively we’re really sound,” he said. “It’ a matter of if our sticks are sound. I think we can contend for the league, but we have to make things happen.”
In fact, it’s the hitting that Studley says the Hornets need to work on.
“We have to have some offense,” he said.
He also likes his pitching.
“We’re going to throw strikes and make you hit the ball,” Studley said. “We’re not going to overpower you by any means but we’ll make you hit the ball.”
Studley noted all of last year’s starters are back. That includes six seniors, including pitchers Hunter Myers and Micah Parr.
Studley believes Central can compete for the CSAA title this year.
“You have to have Chip(pewa Hills) in there” for the league title, he said. “Big Rapids is really tough. Those are the ones we’re looking for.”
The Hornets are off this week for the state-mandated “dead period” where no sport-specific activity can take place. Their next action is April 9 when they go to Saranac.