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February 28, 2014

Young Comets boast many talented athletes

VELMA — Colt Allison takes over the Velma-Alma baseball team, after coaching at Sayre for the past four years.

The Comets will have a young squad and Allison said he is still getting to know the players. Because he took the job late in the summer, he was unable to work with the athletes during that time.

“I haven’t seen many of these young men play baseball, aside from a few practices,” he said. “But seeing what we have in practice, we have a talented group of young kids.”

Two sophomores, Colby Martin and Evan Albertson, bring a lot of baseball talent. Albertson is expected to play catcher and second base and may see time on the mound.

“You can tell he and Colby have played on competitive baseball teams in the summer,” Allison said.

Martin will be part of the pitching rotation and likely play the middle infield.

Allison expects to have sophomore Ty Richardson once the Comet basketball season ends. There are other basketball players expected to join the baseball team, but to be seen who will play at what positions.

Meanwhile, Allison has seen what the younger players bring  and there have been a few surprises. One of them is freshman Alec Richardson, who could see time at third base.

“We’ve had a couple of days of batting practice and he brings it very well,” Allison said. “He’s a tough little kid and he swings with authority.”

While the Comets will be inexperienced, Allison expects them to be competitive. The Comets’ postseason basketball run means the baseball season start will be delayed. But that’s fine with Allison.

“With the type of athletes we have here at Velma, I expect to compete,” he said. “We have an opportunity to win our district.”

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