It is not uncommon for college teams to open their baseball season on the road — normally in the warmer climates.
The SCHS Bears Baseball season kicks off with a five-game on-the-road stretch on Monday, March 13, but it won’t be in the warm airs of Florida.
New head coach Stuart Dill lost three seniors from last year; however, the roster has actually grown from 17 to 22.
Last year’s Bears ended their season with a 11-20 record and 13th in the region under the direction of Thad Kingsolver.
The first home game of the season will be on Monday, March 20, against Kentucky Country Day at 5:30 p.m.
Dill has 13 players returning: Seniors, Joseph Blansett (13); Bradley Coulter (3); Jacob Delph (14); Baylin Ford (25); Brodie Frederick (7); Jacob Justice (16); Ryan West (1); and Shawn Wright (17); Junior, Alex Hockensmith (5); and Sophomores, Baylor Hair (9); Talon Keen (23); Jarett Stewart (4); and Carter Walters (8).
New on the roster are: juniors, Tyler Estridge and Cole Stephenson; sophomores, Kaiden Fowler, Randy Wakefield and and Kobe Wilson; freshmen, Lincoln Minnich, Robert Smith and Cameron Tindle; and eighth-grader, Griffin Kingsolver.
The schedule for the Bears (home games bold) is as follows:
Monday, March 13 at Thomas Nelson at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 14 at Eminence at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, March 15 at Oldham County at 6 p.m.
Friday, March 17 at Bethlehem at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 18 at Trimble County at 12 p.m.
Monday, March 20 at home vs. Kentucky Country Day at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 21 at home vs. North Bullitt at 5:45 p.m.
Friday, March 24 at home vs. Bethlehem at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 25 at Bullitt East at 11 a.m.
Monday, March 27 at home vs. Nelson County at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 29 at home vs. Washington County at 6 p.m.
Thursday, March 30 at home vs. Bullitt Central at 5:30 p.m.
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• Sunday, April 2 vs. Butler County at 12:30 p.m.
• Monday, April 3 vs. Madison Senior, OH at 12 p.m.
• Sunday, April 4 vs. Campbellsville at 9 a.m.
• Monday, April 5 vs. Todd County Central at 3 p.m.
• Tuesday, April 6 vs. Carlisle, OH at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, April 11 at home vs. Woodford County at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12 at Woodford County at 6 p.m.
Friday, April 14 at South Oldham at 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 15 at home vs. Pride-Frankfort at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, April 18 at home vs. Anderson County at 5:45 p.m.
Wednesday, April 19 at Anderson County at 5:45 p.m.
Friday, April 21 at home vs. Highlands Latin at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 22 at home vs. Carroll County at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, April 25 at Collins at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, April 26 at home vs. Collins at 6 p.m.
Friday, April 28 at home vs. Eminence at 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 29 at home vs. Southern at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, May 2 at Shelby County at 5:45 p.m.
Wednesday, May 3 at home vs. Shelby County at 5:45 p.m.
Saturday, May 6 at Gallatin County at 12 p.m.
Monday, May 8 at home vs. Butler at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 9 at Pride-Frankfort at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 11 at Washington County at 6 p.m.
Friday, May 12 at Nelson County at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 13 at home vs. Thomas Nelson at 12 p.m.