Who will replace Connor Justus? Justus was the only Jacket to start all 63 games last season, and losing him to the draft leaves a big hole at shortstop. The top candidate was more than likely coach Danny Hall's son Carter Hall, but he is dealing with a stress fracture and will not play this weekend. Instead, freshman Austin Wilhite will start.
“The guy that has really stepped up and played really well is Austin Wilhite, another freshman,” Danny Hall said. “Austin will be starting at shortstop. He’s impressed everybody just the way he’s played not only in the fall, but this preseason in some of these scrimmages.”
Team chemistry different than in years past: Hall was asked about any changes he's seen in the team over the offseason. The main thing he said he noticed is how close the team has been.
“They seem to be really close and their doing a lot of things together, not only on the field but off the field,” Hall said. “I think when you have a team that bonds a lot, they have a tendency to play harder and play together. That’s the one thing I’ve seen from this team. They seem to care a lot about each other, and I think that goes a long way.”