Jamey Sherman will have a few advantages as he gets his first Warrenton VFW Post 2180 AAA managerial season underway this summer.
The Warrenton Seniors will consist mostly of the Warrenton varsity team, which is coming off one of its best seasons in years.
“That chemistry is going to be crucial because the league schedule is so condensed this season,” Sherman said. “We’ve got a 24-game season in about 30 days, so we’re going to see a lot of each other for the next month. When you share a dugout with the same guys pretty much every night of the week, it really helps to have that team chemistry. And we have a great group of guys.”
Sherman also has experience coaching a lot of this year’s team after managing the Freshman team in 2015.
“It’s good to see these guys again,” he said. “A lot of them are back in the program, and that’s great to see.”
The duo of starting pitcher Eli Ecton and catcher Braden Lawson returns to the field this summer to lead the Senior defense.
“Eli will get the bulk of the time on the mound, and we’ve got a four-year starter in Braden Lawson behind the plate that will handle our defense and be the field general,” Sherman said.
Warrenton shortstop Trent McGee is expected to hit leadoff this summer as well.
“Trent is going to be our leader and hit leadoff for us while playing shortstop, and he’ll provide that spark plug that we need to get the games rolling,” Sherman added. “We’ll have youth mixed in as well. Hunter Sherman will get a lot of time in the infield and outfield because he’s a good utility guy.”
The team also will get help from a pair of former Warrenton players.
“We’ve got two returning guys who graduated last year in Chris Garrett and Clayton Schowe, and they’ll provide depth and leadership for us because they’ve been down this road before,” Sherman said. “And we have a lot of seniors that just provided Warrenton one of their best seasons ever, so that will definitely help us.”
The Seniors began their season Tuesday night at Wentzville South, and open the home schedule Thursday at 7 p.m. against Wentzville North.
“For a lot of these guys, this is their last go-around with baseball, so we want them to have fun and create some memories to last a lifetime,” Sherman said. “We want to go out and compete every night. District 9 is a powerhouse. Washington is loaded every year, and Wentzville has two teams this year and they’re going to be loaded too. So our main focus is to go out and compete. We’re going to have a quality arm on the mound every night, and we want to grind out at-bats and be competitive.”