Delaware Hayes’ baseball team has a new bench boss this season … a coach who is pretty darn familiar with the Delaware County baseball scene.
“I’m a Delaware County kid,” First-year Pacer head coach Ryan Montgomery said. “I played baseball at (Olentangy) Liberty, was a part of a district championship there, went on to play baseball and football at Wittenberg and was an assistant baseball coach under Matt Lattig and Ty Brenning (at Liberty) for three years.”
He said he is both excited and grateful to have the opportunity to start his head coaching career at Hayes.
“I’m extremely excited for this opportunity at Hayes,” Montgomery said. “I’m bringing some stuff I learned from the guys at Liberty, bringing some stuff I learned in college … we’re going to play hard-nosed baseball this year. We are going to compete and the kids are working hard.”
The Pacers return a solid core, including senior cather/corner infielder Greg Suber, senior second baseman Jake South, senior pitcher/first baseman/outfielder Jackson Boger, senior outfielder Connor Ulmer, senior third baseman Colin Reed, junior pitcher/short stop Noble Moore and junior catcher/outfielder/pitcher Josh Daughenbaugh.
“Greg has been the team’s rock all through the fall and winter,” Montgomery said. “He has been one of the program’s cornerstones over the years. Jake has been a solid contributor for a long time, Noble brings a natural feel for the game a lot of kids don’t have, Josh is a big and strong kid who loves to compete, Jackson has great work ethic and goes 100 percent all the time, Connor is a baseball fanatic who eats, drinks and sleeps the game and Colin is a multi-year starter.”
The coach said the experience his team brings to the table makes the situation he’s walking into that much better.
“I’m fortunate because I have a lot of upperclassmen,” he said. “I have kids who have been through the battles and learned a lot about baseball over the years.”
The Pacers will need that knowledge to compete in a loaded Capital Division, featuring returning champ Orange, Olentangy, Big Walnut and New Albany to name a few.
“I see us competing and challenging for a title,” Montgomery said. “We have a good thing going when you couple the experience we have coming back with the hard work the kids have put in during the offseason.”