Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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April 17, 2014

Pirate leadership strong on diamond

For another season, the Greensburg baseball team returns its core to the diamond.

The Pirates, now 4-0 going into tonight’s conference game against Franklin County, look to continue a successful season despite seven seniors graduating.

Greensburg finished 15-6 one year after coming within outs of a state championship berth.

Last season, the Pirates fell one run short of advancing to the sectional championship game and are eager to atone for the early exit.

Lost to graduation are seven seniors and five regulars, led by four-year catcher Austin Schultz, an All-State Honorable Mention player. Tyler Burcham signed to play baseball at Parkland College, while Riley Billieu played football for Hanover this past fall. Also graduating were Jack Eberhardt, Elliott Green, Luke Kane and Kyle Moeller.

However, seven seniors return to lead a squad rich in tournament experience.

“We’ve graduated some guys who have contributed to the success of our program,” said Holdsworth. “This year we’re expecting the same with our guys and we’re excited about getting started.”

Holdsworth sees a team laden with battle-tested veterans who have postseason experience.

Seven players on the current roster played for teams that competed for at least a regional title. Four of them played on the state champion basketball team, while two competed for regional championships in tennis.

“We have guys that have competed in football sectional championships, tennis and baseball,” said Holdsworth. “They’ve been in the trenches and they’re been in the battles. Understanding how to compete and how to battle in those situations, that’s very important for a team.”

For four years, Greensburg’s middle infielders have started every game of their high school careers. Senior shortstop Macy Holdsworth and senior second baseman Collin Rigney, along with senior outfielder Andy Meadows the past two seasons, have anchored the Pirate defense. Holdsworth signed to play baseball at Indiana, while Rigney is going to play tennis at Ball State. Meadows signed to play baseball for Olney Central College.

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