TEXARKANA, Ark. — Some teams lose a lot to graduation, while other programs reload with experienced players within their program.
Layne Berry is entering his eighth season as head coach of the Razorbacks and he's ready to pick up where the Hogs left off on the diamond last season.
"We only had three seniors on our team last year and all three were starters," Berry said. "We lost a big piece on the mound, but we plan to put some other guys in place to replace that. We feel confident because we're returning guys with experience.
"We have some guys that have been around the game and they know what we expect as coaches. We don't have to go through a lot of the basic stuff, so it's good that we can dive right into baseball. We have a bunch of arms but we just don't have that guy that has stepped in-front of everyone else on the mound."
Braylon Bishop, Jackson Harris, Justice Guillory, Graydon Martin, Mason McDowell, Danny McWilliams, Aiden Smith, Jackson Tye, Darby Sawyer, Jaylen Betts and Shane Sutton return for the Hogs this upcoming season.
"It's great to have the talent that we have this year," Berry said. "It's fun to watch these guys compete. They swing the bat way better than I did. I still tell them they don't pitch as well as I did though. They can definitely swing it, but for me being a pitcher, you have to have that guy on the mound to slow everyone down.
"If we can't find that guy, you're going to see games as close as, 11-10, to start the season. I think we'll be able to score some runs. I've never coached a team that has had five Division I commits on it. We're still keeping these kids humble, but they know we have stuff to accomplish as a team."
Gage Brock, Luke Paxton, Scott Trumble, Ty Waid and Ryan Wardlaw round out the rest of the varsity Razorbacks roster.
"There's a lot of competition on our team during practice," Berry said. "It's good to see those guys compete and battle. It's a fun thing to be a part of."
The Razorbacks will open their season with an area opponent, traveling to Ashdown on March 1.
"We've mixed our conference schedule up again this year," Berry said. "We still have Sheridan in our conference and for the past detached, they've been on top. Year in and year out, they have a squad.
"White Hall moved into our conference this year, and we'll also be making the long haul to Pine Bluff. I am glad that we're playing the Zebras like we used to. We still have Lake Hamilton, Lakeside and El Dorado that we'll have to deal with."
2021 Razorback Baseball Schedule
Mar. 1: at Ashdown, 5 p.m.
Mar. 4-6: Texas High Tournament, TBA
Mar. 8: Ashdown, 5 p.m.
Mar. 11-13: Southwest Sporting Goods Tournament (Conway, Ark.), TBA
Mar. 16: x-at White Hall
Mar. 18-20: Benton, LA Tournament, TBA
Mar. 19: x-Hot Springs, 5 p.m.
Mar. 30: x-at Sheridan, 5 p.m.
Apr. 1: Magnolia, 5 p.m.
Apr. 2: x-El Dorado, 5 p.m.
Apr. 6: x-at Hot Springs Lakeside, 5 p.m.
Apr. 9: x-Lake Hamilton, 5 p.m.
Apr. 12: Redwater, 5 p.m.
Apr. 13: x-Pine Bluff, 5 p.m.
Apr. 16: x-White Hall, 5 p.m.
Apr. 19: Nashville, 5 p.m.
Apr. 20: x-at Hot Springs, 5 p.m.
Apr. 23: x-Sheridan, 5 p.m.
Apr. 26: at Magnolia, 5 p.m.
Apr. 27: x-at El Dorado, 5 p.m.
Apr. 30: x-Hot Springs Lakeside, 5 p.m.
May 4: x-at Lake Hamilton, 5 p.m.
May 7: x-at Pine Bluff, 5 p.m.
May 13-15: State Tournament, TBA
May 21-22: State Championship Game, TBA
x-Conference 6A/5A game