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Butler baseball just getting warmed up

Coach Steve Johnson is preaching patience with his Butler Community College baseball team. Cold weather has caused problems with preseason workouts.

"The kids are sick of playing indoors, and I'm sick of watching them play indoors,'' he said.

Johnson's teams have always come on strong later in the season.

"That's going to be that way this season. Right now, the pitchers don't trust the defense, and the defense doesn't trust the pitchers,'' he said. "But the talent is there.''

Returning at first base is Marc Waldron, who batted .338 with 10 homers last season. At second is Josh Dotson (.278 last season while playing at third base), and at short is Sheldon Howell. At third is Brett Macari (.390).

Jordan McNeil and Michael Patman will be utility infielders.

Josh Givens will play center. Others are Cameron Stallings, Kyle Kinman and Taylor Clark.

At catcher is Seth Wheeler. JC Ochoa and Chris Kennedy will also see action.

Expected to be the ace of the pitching staff is Connor Sinclair, who was 9-3 last season with a 3.97 ERA.

Other starters include Steve Jensen (5.63) and Derek Bell (3.63). Brennan Murphy and Trevor Kill also may start. Kinman will close, besides playing the outfield.

Ashton Hoffman, Reed McAtee and Macari will be relievers.

Remaining Schedule

February

Wednesday — Brown Mackie, 2 p.m. 27 — at Pratt (2), 1 p.m. 28 — at Pratt (2), 1 p.m.

March

2 — at Northern-Enid, 3 p.m. 6 — Seward (2), 1 p.m. 7 — Seward (2), 1 p.m. 10 — Cowley (3), 3 p.m. 11 — at Fort Scott, 2 p.m. 13 — at Seminole, 1 p.m. 14 — at Murry State, 2 p.m. 15 — at Eastern Okla., 2 p.m. 17 — Fort Scott, 2 p.m. 20 — at Colby (2), 1 p.m. 21 — at Colby, 1 p.m. 24 — at Brown Mackie, 4 p.m. 27 — Cloud, 1 p.m. 28 — Cloud, 1 p.m. 31 — at Friends JV, 4 p.m.

April

3 — at Longview, 1 p.m. 4 — at Longview, 1 p.m. 6 — Northern-Enid, 3 p.m. 10 — at Barton (2), 1 p.m. 11 — at Barton (2), 1 p.m. 14 — at Emporia JV, 6 p.m. 17 — Dodge City (2), 1 p.m. 18 — Dodge City (2), 1 p.m. 20 — Friends JV, 4 p.m. 21 — Barton, tba. 24 — at Garden City (2), 1 p.m. 25 — Garden City (2), 1 p.m. 27 — at Barton, 3 p.m. 29 — Allen, 3 p.m.

May

1 — at Hutchinson, 1 p.m. 2 — at Hutchinson, 1 p.m. 4 — Allen, 3 p.m. 8-10 — Region VI first round. 15-17 — Region VI at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

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