The first day of baseball practice, the sound of steel cleats scraping against cement walkways and young players sprinting onto the field with no pain, soreness or disappointments, everything is fresh and new, Baseball is forever.

The McNeese Cowboys took their first on-field full-squad practice Tuesday afternoon here after a series of weekend intrasquad scrimmages. We caught up with Head Coach Justin Hill for some insight into what we may expect for the 2019s edition of the McNeese Baseball Cowboys.

McNeese Sports - Justin Hill Head Baseball Coach

After the First Weekend

The main focus we’ve had is just to review everything that we went over in the fall, communicating and just counting on them to come back in shape and I think the guys have done a great job with that. It’s about reps right now, this game is played every single day, so this is about game reps and getting as many as possible said Hill.

The most exciting thing is that it was really competitive. The guys went out and competed. They know that they are going against each other but that’s all we can do right now.

On Returning Players

One of the guys we have coming back is (pitcher) Rhett Deaton who was out all last season with an injury. I really think he is going to help out our pitching staff. We lost Grant Anderson to the draft and I think he’s (Deaton) going to be a guy to step in and fill that spot for us.

McNeese Sports - Rhett Deaton Pitcher

Obviously, Shane Selman is the anchor of our lineup and will be the leader of a lineup full of guys that had a lot of at-bats last season

McNeese Sports - Shane Selman Sr OF Barbe - LC

Last year Selman, a Barbe Lake Charles product had a batting average of .273 with a slugging percentage of .473 with 60 hits and 38 runs scored with 32 RBIs. Selman was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 39th round but has decided to finish out his collegiate career at McNeese.

The Cowboys season opens in three weeks in San Antonio, Texas on February 15th against UTSA.