FARMINGTON — While the Sting might be Farmington High's developmental team, don't be surprised if they make some noise during the Connie Mack season.
The young squad is full of kids accustomed to competing against some of the best players in New Mexico. Eleven of the 12 players listed on the Sting roster could also be found on the Scorpion's 2014 varsity roster, and all will return for the 2015 high school season.
"We're young but we have a pretty good group coming back," said Sting head coach Tim Trotter. "Several of these guys competed this year and played in the (4A State) semifinal game. They've gotten the competition and now we just try to get better all summer."
The Sting showed what they are capable of at the start of the summer season, beating Naa'taanii — one of the favorites to advance out of the city tournament to host this year's Connie Mack World Series — 5-4 in the Sting's first game. But the young guns were exposed the next time they were on the diamond, falling 11-1 to powerhouse 4-Corners.
While the team's potential is high Trotter said he is looking to fill some holes in the lineup.
"We have a hole or two for next year that we are trying to find someone solid to fill it for next year," said Trotter, pointing to a couple specific positions. "(Ethan) Spellbring was our right fielder for two years straight and he was solid out there. I'm really looking for someone to take hold of that position."
Trotter also said there are some question marks in the middle of the infield as far as who will be playing there.
"We're looking to really just solidify the middle," Trotter said. "But the good thing is that we have a lot of guys that can play there."
The Sting will also need contributions on the mound to provide some relief for starter Easton Haskill. And like the situation in the middle of the infield, Trotter believes someone will be able to successfully work their way into the rotation.
"We have a lot of arms, nothing too overpowering but we have enough arms to play in a lot of tournaments and get a lot of games in," Trotter said. "Almost the whole team can throw, we just have to find out who the better pitchers are."
Perhaps the biggest question facing the Sting this season is who will assume a leadership role both on, and off, the field.
But again, Trotter has a slew of candidates able to answer the call.
Third baseman Chris Moore and center fielder Ryan Deyapp are a couple of guys Trotter is expecting to be solid defensively, while catcher Isaiah George should provide an offensive spark.
"I'm kind of waiting for one of them to step up and grab a hold of that leadership position, so we're still kind of trying to find that," Trotter said. "But they're a good group. I think one of them will step up and we'll get better."