Red Devil baseball rebuilds in 2019

Red Devil baseball player Brayden Larsen stands in snow during a recent practice. The team had to do much of its training in the school’s gym due to weather, something coach Jared Meador said he hasn’t seen in 15 years heading the program.
Photo by Anthony Militano

The Grand County High baseball team is rebuilding in 2019 after losing most of its starters to graduation last year.

“This year’s squad is very young,” said coach Jared Meador. “We lost seven starters to graduation last year. Last year’s senior class put together 78 wins in their high school careers and had a winning percentage of .757.

That means the veterans will be asked to carry much of the load. “Our returning starters from last year are Trevin Packard who played third base, and the combination of Brayden Cloud, who played right field, and Brody Williams who hit for him as our DH (designated hitter). We will lean on them very heavily throughout the season.”

Meador said underclassmen would get the opportunity to take the field as varsity players. “There is plenty of opportunity for our younger players at the varsity level,” he said. “Luke Williams will anchor the team at shortstop. Macray Ellis and Ty Lindsay will be impactful sophomores at the plate, on defense, and on the mound.”

The team hasn’t had much time to practice with snow covering the field until very recently, and with the first game Thursday, March 7, that means Meador might not be exactly certain what he has in this young team.

“We are excited to have Jarett Reidhead back this year to add pop to our lineup, and as a mentor to our young group of players,” he said. “The team will have to start the season in the gym this year due to all the snow on the field, which is something we have never had to do in the 15 years that I have been involved with the program.

“Our first game will be in New Mexico at the Bloomfield Invitational Tournament against Santa Fe Capital on Thursday, March 7 at 3:30 p.m. Bloomfield is a wood bat tournament that our kids love to play in, and have won three out of the last four years.”