The Briggs High School baseball team is making the best of what coach Joe Krabill calls "an inside joke."
After reaching the City League championship game for the ninth consecutive season last year, the Bruins are on track to win another City-South Division title despite being led mostly by sophomores and juniors.
Briggs last won the City championship in 2008.
"At Briggs, the joke is that we never seem to get older," Krabill said. "We're always led by sophomores and juniors and never have many seniors. This should have been one of the best teams we've had, but we had a couple guys not make grades. But I love the guys I've got, though."
The Bruins were 10-5 overall and 9-0 in the City-South before playing Eastmoor Academy on May 1 and Marion-Franklin on May 3.
Briggs also has a league game Friday, May 5, at home against West and must make up league games against Marion-Franklin and Africentric on dates to be determined.
In a 9-8, nine-inning win over West on April 10, the Bruins scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game at 8.
Nic Hogle (3B) is the Bruins' top senior.
Sophomore Jordan Lumbard (1B) was among the area leaders in batting average (.500) and RBI (18) last week. Sophomore Troy Farley (C/P) and junior Terrance Yates (P/3B) were among the area leaders in runs scored with 17 and 15, respectively.
Other key players include senior Dave Sterling (OF), juniors Andreas Aponte (SS), Daniel Imler (OF) and Seth Underwood (2B/P), sophomore Jordan Brobst (OF) and freshmen Zach Heston (OF), Jayden Osborne (OF), Shane Rice (OF) and Caleb Shope (INF).
Tennis teams prep
The postseason gets underway for City League boys tennis teams with Divisions I and II sectionals May 11 and 13.
At the City Coaches tournament held April 26 and 28 at Linden-McKinley and South, West's Jamie Price won the singles title and Whetstone's Armando Prince and Atticus Bulgrin took first in doubles.
Beechcroft coach Daphne Hess was happy with the performances of her players in the City tournament. The doubles team of seniors Messan Gabianou and Hedricio Toure' advanced to a semifinal.
Making it to the third round of competition for the Cougars were sophomore Henry Bright and junior Godfred Kyei in singles and sophomore Ali Mojtabaei and senior Matthew Neal in doubles.
"I'm very proud of getting six guys to (the second day of) matches," Hess said.
City track meet
set for next week
The City League track and field meet will be held Monday, May 8, and Wednesday, May 10, at Africentric.
Among the regular-season meets that annually serve as an indicator of what could unfold in the City meet is the Braves Invitational, which was held April 26 at Whetstone.
Walnut Ridge scored 92 points to win the meet, in which 14 teams scored. Eastmoor Academy (85) and Northland (69.5) finished second and third, respectively. Also scoring were Whetstone (fifth, 51), Centennial (seventh, 38.5), East (ninth, 24), Beechcroft (tied for 10th, 13), Linden (tied for 10th, 13), Africentric (tied for 12th, 10), Briggs (tied for 12th, 10) and Independence (14th, 4).
Capturing titles were Walnut Ridge's 400-meter relay (43.43 seconds), Darrick Forrest in the 300 hurdles (41.2) and 200 (22.13), Erik Knight in the 100 (10.83), Mychel Poole in the discus (125 feet, 5 inches) and Kaylyn Anderson in the high jump (5-6), Eastmoor's distance medley relay (11:21.26), 1,600 relay (3:27.35) and Wesley Prate in the long jump (21-2) and Northland's sprint medley relay (1:35.45).
For the girls in the Braves Invitational, Northland was runner-up (83) to Watterson (93.5) as 14 teams scored. Hartley was third (67), followed by Centennial (53), Walnut Ridge (50), Whetstone (48), Beech-croft (32), Eastmoor (32), Africentric (21.5), Linden (20.5), East (19), Independence (15), Briggs (3.5) and West (1).
Beechcroft's Makiya Montgomery won the 100 (11.77) and 200 (24.88). Also winning were Whetstone's Jamie Bossenbroek in the 300 hurdles (47.8), Walnut Ridge's 3,200 relay (4:20.69), Northland's sprint medley relay (1:51.96), Jordan Saffold in the high jump (4-10) and Charlea Henley in the long jump (17-4), East's Azana Draughon-Williams in the discus (95-5) and Linden's Coreyana Collins in the shot put (35-5).