Hughes also said right-hander Noah Sheehan and left-hander Brock Eichler will be in the pitching rotation, and Matt Bitzer also will pitch as well as play almost anywhere in the field.
“There will be times this year when we’ll have six sophomores in the starting lineup,” Hughes said.
Hughes said he expects Sheehan, Montgomery, Eichler and Smith to be his top four pitchers.
“There are a lot of untested guys,” he said. “Not a single one has had a varsity start. Every pitcher will be their first varsity start, so we’ll be young.”
Because the Yellowjackets likely won’t have pitchers who’ll strike out 10-15 guys a game, Hughes said defense will be pivotal.
“(Opposing hitters) will make contact,” he said. “If we can field it and throw it, we’ll be pretty good.”
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