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B.C. Western baseball reloading in 2017

The Bay City Western baseball team has to replace eight seniors from last year's team that went to the regional finals.

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High school baseball season begins on Thursday and it wouldn't be right to throw out the first pitch without checking in on Bay City Western. The Warriors boast one of the top programs in the state but this year they're starting the season behind the eight ball.

From year to year every high school program in the country has to deal with replacing last year's seniors with underclassmen no matter what sports you're talking about. But Bay City Western is taking it to an extreme, replacing eight seniors from last season's team that advanced to the regional finals last year.

Jacob says, "And seven of the are playing in college, said senior Jacob Zettle, one of only three seniors on this year's team. "They had big roles on the team last year everyone's going to step up and do their own part."

Head coach Tim McDonald has coached teams like this before, "I've had inexperienced teams, young team that have done well, obviously veteran teams that have done well. I think there's something to be said for new faces, they haven't heard all my stories and everything's new and they're kind of sponges, they really do soak everything in."

The Warriors won't play their first game until April 8th when they take on Bay City John Glenn in the Bay County Tournament.

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