Mustangs full of youth as new baseball season starts

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

For Sweetwater to extend its six-year run of playoff trips, its new players must help make up for losing a number of talented baseball performers from last year who have graduated.
There’s a new head coach as well, although he will be extremely familiar — and the old one is still around.
Chad Copeland, an assistant to Roland Herrera for the past several years, will now be in charge — but he will still have Herrera with him in the team dugout.
After serving for 10 years as the head baseball coach of the Mustangs and leading them to playoff appearances the last six years, Herrera will be Sweetwater’s pitching coach this year and also assist Copeland as needed along with Tony Heredia.
This is Copeland’s first head coach job in a nine-year career, including two years at Haskell before coming to Sweetwater.
He expects more success, even with just two returning starters: pitcher-first baseman Antonio Heredia and catcher-pitcher Tyler Warner, both juniors.
With Sweetwater’s lack of returning experience, those two all-district players will be counted on heavily to lead the way. Mathew Hernandez also plays first base while Darian Carr, Krystian Gomez, Leo Holsey and Andres Neri will also be infielders and Gomez and Seth Garcia are the other catchers. Other pitchers are Gomez, Hernandez, Daiman Atkins and Holsey and outfielders include Reese Palafox, Elijah Reyes, Carr, Atkins and Kei Griffin, plus others who could emerge.