DoBosh said he hasn’t noticed much of a difference in the way the new field plays, adding that his team is used to the turf from playing down in Prescott Valley at Bradshaw.
The Eagles bring back some key players in catcher Stephen Canizales, centerfielder Luke Canizales and shortstop Sylas Clerry, who also projects to be one of the Eagles’ top options on the mound as the season gets going.
Justin Hanson, a 6-1 left-hander, is who DoBosh is most excited to see work on the mound, with his potential command of the strike zone and off-speed pitches, as the No. 1 next to Clerry in the pitching rotation.
“We think Justin and Sylas will fill in the No. 1 and No. 2 roles,” Dobosh said. “Sylas was kinda the No. 2, I guess if you want to call it that, or the 1B next to Carter (Kasprzyk) last year. We are hoping for Sylas to have that same type of year this year. He’s thrown well early and Justin has as well. I’m really excited to see him get on the mound and compete; I think he can be a real dominant force in our region.”
Clerry had a breakout sophomore campaign a season ago, being named to the Grand Canyon All-Region Fist Team as a pitcher.
He did a bit of everything last year as he led the Eagles at the plate with a .455 batting average, in hits at 35 and he was second in RBIs at 24. On the mound Clerry posted the Eagles’ second-lowest ERA of players to appear at least eight times at 2.10 while making six starts.