Baseball: Season Preview: 2018 Lubbock-Cooper Pirates

Baseball: Season Preview: 2018 Lubbock-Cooper Pirates

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Head Coach – Brad Wuensche (1st Season) Assistant Coaches: Austin Taylor, Clay White, Brendan Clary

The Pirates: (2017 – 18-15, 9-6 in 4-5A. Bi-District Finalist: L to Canyon Randall in 3 game series 2-1)

Key Games: February 19th @ Frenship, March 6th @ Monterey, March 8th-10th Lubbock Tournament, March 20th vs Coronado, April 6th vs Lubbock High, April 17th @ Coronado

A new era of Lubbock-Cooper baseball will begin in 2018 as Brad Wuensche will begin his first season as the head coach of the Pirates. Former head coach Terry Baxter retired from coaching after 19 seasons winning over 500 games and collecting 14 district championships. After a first-round exit from the playoffs last season, Lubbock-Cooper will be looking to make another long run in the postseason. The furthest the Pirates went under Terry Baxter was in 2005 as that team went 35-5 and played for a 3A State Championship losing to Carthage 6-1.

Brad Wuensche has spent the last 12 seasons as an assistant coach under Baxter. During that time LCP won 8 bi-district championships, 8 area championships, reached the regional semifinals 8 times, and advanced to the final four twice in 2013 and 2014. Wuensche, a former Lubbock-Cooper student as he attended LCHS “back in the day when it was a 3A school” also played for Coach Baxter. “Coach Baxter has been great.” Wuensche said. “Learned a lot of things from him like structure, discipline…to good relationships with kids and I hope to build on the tradition that he has already set.”

The Pirates return 13 players from a season ago including a talented pitching staff that has already made some news going back to late last year. Back on November 8th, seniors Tommy D’Alise, Connor Denham, and Trey Garlett all signed Division 1 Letters of Intent to play baseball at the collegiate level. Denham and Garlett both signed to play for Tim Tadlock and Texas Tech University while D’Alise inked to play at Northwestern University. Offensively Lubbock-Cooper will also bring back plenty weapons to lead the charge. Up the middle is where the Pirates feel like it’s their strong suit with Jared Gibson returning behind the plate, Seth Freeman at shortstop, and Cole Lewis patrolling the outfield in center. D’Alise and Denham both can play the field when not starting to strengthen the defense with Cole Carter and Hunter Gant both bringing athleticism for LCP.  

The Pirates will open the season February 19th on the road at Frenship High and will play in three tournaments (Round Rock, Midland, Lubbock) as they prepare for district play beginning on March 6th at Monterey. District 4-5A consists of five other teams that Lubbock-Cooper will play in Monterey, Lubbock High, Coronado, Abilene Cooper and San Angelo Lakeview. Coronado won the district championship last season with a 12-3 4-5A record and went three rounds into the playoffs.

Lubbock-Cooper Baseball will be broadcasted on 100.7 The Score, 100.7 The Score Mobile app, and 1007thescore.com

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