The Zachs are the most significant losses for Hoover, which had five other graduates who combined for 87 at-bats. Mullins' arm also will be missed. He kept Hoover in the state title game and finished the season with a 2.93 earned run average in 40 innings. Brent Curry, who did most of his damage on the mound, was among the players lost to graduation.
The batting order could be fluid early in the season, according to Young.
"The No. 3 spot will probably go to Cody Bowen and we'll see where that takes us," Young said. "You never know with that right now."
The key figure on the mound this season will be junior Tristan Fields, who begins his third year as a varsity player. His earned run average was deceptively high (4.14), but he threw 54 1/3 innings and had 69 strikeouts.
Offensively, Fields batted .375 and was second on the team in home runs with three.
The No. 2 hurler for the Huskies also will probably be Bowen.
He had 20 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings last season and an ERA of 7.84, but he also had a low walk total at 2.22 per inning, among returning pitchers. Even Fields' was at 2.36.
Bird will throw some innings, as well as junior Hunter White, who pitched in four games last year. His career pitching line came as a sophomore when he tossed 4 1/3 innings, with six strikeouts and one walk, but two earned runs for a 4.15 ERA.
The Huskies can crunch numbers all day, but the only ones that matter are 1 and 0, as in the number of runs Wyoming East and Hoover had respectively in last year's championship.
"You think about it all the time, what you could've done differently, what went wrong," Young said. "They have it in the back of their minds, and so do we (coaches). They're focused and ready."
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