While the Hustlers are still technically considered the 5A defending state champ, this group of young men is forming their own identity with a collection of newcomers mixed with some first-time starters. Leading the way are returning seniors Jack P. and Joe C. Returning Juniors Pat C., Bryant E. and Josh E. have stepped into leadership roles along with newcomer Nathan W.
The pitching staff will have to be rebuilt as the Hustlers return a combined 11 innings of varsity experience. Josh E., Jack P., and Tyler M. will head up the rotation. Joe C., Pat C., Alexander W., Caden S., Josh B., Anthony S., Christian M., Matt R., and Nico T. will look to provide innings on the mound.
The infield will be led by Pat C. who makes the shift from 2nd base to shortstop. Joe C. will play 1st. Alexander W., Nico T., Anthony S., Christian M., and Caden S. will compete for playing time.
The outfield will be led by Jack P. with Matt R., Vince V., and Cory W. Steve K., Cole G., and Alex G. providing depth. Nathan W. will see playing time in both the infield and outfield.
Bryant E. returns behind the plate.
The offense will be led by Bryant E., Pat C., Jack P., Nathan W., and Joe C. Vince V., Cory W., Nico T., Matt R., Steve K. will all provide offensive depth.
This is a ballclub that needs to gain experience and become more consistent. The mental game will also play a large role in this team's success. There is a definite need for this team to play with their heart and mind first and foremost.
This is a ballclub eager to create its own success and identity in yet another chapter of Hustler baseball.
Hustler baseball alumni Matt Gifford, Austin Nickle, Neville Maycock, and Terry Henderson are back on campus for another exciting season of coaching the hustle and enthusiasm that is the backbone of the tradition that has been part of every MCC ballclub for decades.