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MEMBERS OF THE Council Cobra baseball squad for the 2006 season are, (from left) kneeling: Ethan Ball, Daniel Webb, Natasha Wilson, Samantha Breeding, Shannon Breeding and Corey Barton; standing: Justin Helton, Kegan Bostic, Shane Compton, Wade Jackson, Daniel Lester, John Breeding and Cody Jackson.
(Staff photo/Mike Stiltner.)

Council Baseball Provides Mix of Old and Very, Very New

by Lloyd Combs
Sports Reporter

       A lot of teams mix new and old.
       Council has a mix of the old and the very, very new.
     Only three fulltime starters return at Council, where four probable regulars elected not to play baseball this spring.
       It leaves a 13-player roster that includes senior Shane Compton, an All-BDD pitcher and senior Daniel Lester, who somehow did not make the All-BDD First Team despite hitting over .400.
       There are five other returnees, including senior Wade Jackson, who is coming off a foot injury. Senior Cody Jackson and sophomore Kegan Bostic saw significant action last season, while senior Justin Helton and sophomore Ethan Ball have a chance to become fulltime starters for the first time.
        The seven newcomers include two softball players who signed on after that program folded and five sophomores playing organized baseball for the first time.
        While those seven gain experience, Compton, who also plays shortstop, must shoulder a huge burden on the mound, and the offense must be built around him and
Lester, who moves from third base to catcher.
        “Shane has been the number one starter here the last couple of years,” Council Coach Dave Rasnake said.
        “We’re hoping he can step up for us. He needs to work on his location. He’s pitched fairly well this year so far, and he’s making a conscious effort to hit the ball.
        “He knows as a senior this is his last opportunity. He knows he has to hit for us, and I’m pleased with that. Daniel’s a natural hitter, one of the best we’ve had as far as making contact. He’s probably better off (playing) third, but he knows we need him (behind the plate).”
         The Cobras need significant contributions from some of the other returnees while the newcomers learn the ropes.
        Wade Jackson, who got a late start after suffering a stress fracture in his foot near the end of the basketball season, starts at third and has a fair amount of experience as a pitcher.

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Panthers Battle G-Men To Tie In Shortened Contest, 6-6

        Graham scored a run in the top of the fifth to tie the score at 6-6 and that's how the game ended, as the non-district contest was called after six innings due to darkness Wednesday at Twin Valley.
         The Panthers were held to just one hit, a second-inning single by freshman Hunter Simpson, but it came in the middle of a six-run rally.
         Twin Valley (1-1-1) took advantage of a Graham error and four walks in the inning to build a 6-2 lead.
         Matt Yost had two of Graham's four hits. The G-Men scored three times in the third inning on one hit, two walks and an error and tied the game in the fifth.
         Two two-out errors by Twin Valley helped Graham tie the game in the fifth.

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