The arrival of spring means it’s time for baseball. This year, there will be more baseball in Cleveland than in years past. The Cleveland A’s not only are playing a 20-game season in the NABA/Tri-state baseball league, but also have several games scheduled with semipro teams from the Nashville area.
The A’s are looking to improve on their first year’s success’s after going 11-7 and finishing third in the league.
“Last year it all came down to pitching, or lack thereof,” said coach Bully Massingale. “So this year we have bulked up our pitching staff. Taking the bump this year will be returning starter Ryan Linden. We have added former Cleveland State pitchers Tanner Thompson and Robbie "Taco" Mcintire. Also we have Cameron Saylors in the starting rotation. We also will use former Walker Valley standout Adam Hunsucker and Tennessee Wesleyan standout Tyler Hogan when needed.
“Defensively we have also added some better leather to round out returning starters Will Ellis, Kody Hensley and Dalton Montgomery in the infield.”
Joining the A’s are former Bradley Central Bear Tyler Cross who will get playing time at third and do some catching.
“We have an all-new outfield with guys from out of town who have moved to the Cleveland area,” said Masingale. “From Delaware, Josh Gregory, from Ohio, Josh Spurlock and from the University of Mobile in Alabama, Josh McCoy.”
Rounding out the final roster spot is Dade County head baseball coach and former Cleveland State offensive juggernaut Brad "The Hit Man" Weir.
“I really like our off season additions and am ready to say we look forward to improving in this league in our sophomore season,” Massingale continued. “We will be playing most of our season at the old Charleston High School field so our games will actually have a home-field advantage feel ... as opposed to last year where all our games were played in Chattanooga or farther away. Our first game this year is May 4 vs. the semipro Hermitage Pirates from Nashville.