Coach Mark Smartt shares input on players from the Wiregrass


TROY, Ala. (WDHN) — During the Trojans baseball practice, coach Mark Smartt harped on the tremendous amount of experience he has returning to his squad.

Out of the big group of those returning, three guys are from the Wiregrass. Friday afternoon coach Smartt discussed two of them who are pitchers on the team — former Cottonwood athlete Cory Gill and former Ashford pitcher Zack Moore.

“Cory has not thrown, but he’s trying to. He’s a little bit of a wild card because he hasn’t thrown yet,” Smartt said. “He’s done everything here. He’s been a starter, a closer, he’s pitched in every role and he’s had success. I hope he can return but if he can’t he’ll make a big impact on our pitching staff.

“Zach as a senior has probably shown the most improvement from one year to the next. I’m really encouraged by what he’s done in the preseason. If he can continue to do that, he’s going to be really big for our club,” Smartt added.

Cory Gill and Zack Moore are not the only Wiregrass players on the team this year. Pitcher and infielder Matt Snell, former G.W. Long player, joined the team this spring and is looking to make an immediate impact.

“I’m really excited about Matt Snell. He comes from the winningest program in our area G.W. Long. Matt has a bright future even though he’s a freshman,” Smartt said. “He can swing the bat, he has an arm, so he’s going to pitch for us. One thing I know about Matt Snell or any G.W. Long player, those guys know how to win.”

Coach Smartt says the team is working on better pitching and being consistent all year.

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