Meet the 'Jackets: Cole McBride

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Lebanon senior Cole McBride is the returning Co-Ozark Conference Player of the Year and recently signed his letter of intent to play college baseball at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin next year.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

You would be hard-pressed to find a baseball player in southwest Missouri who has higher expectations for his team and himself than Lebanon High School senior centerfielder Cole McBride.

Coming off a junior year that resulted in him being selected as the Co-Ozark Conference Player of the Year and was a member of the Class 5 All-State second team as a utility player, McBride will be relied upon to help carry a Lebanon team that could be considered youthful.

He finished the 2017 season with a .362 batting average, hit eight home runs, drove in 25 runs and also led the ‘Jackets on the mound finishing the year with a 5-1 record and 1.98 ERA.

“This will be the third year that (Cole) has been in center and if you have followed our program, you have seen the plays he is capable of making,” Lebanon head coach Dustin Young said. “He is an outstanding leader for us.

“His numbers are pretty incredible. He hit for a high average, had very good power numbers, and went undefeated in conference play on the mound.”

McBride has signed with Missouri Southern State University to continue his baseball career next year and plans on playing the outfield in college.

The Lebanon Daily Record recently caught up with McBride to talk to him about the season.

LDR — What would you say your strengths are on the baseball field?

McBride — I feel that I am a good vocal leader on the field. I can make good reads on balls from center field, and have a good bat. I would also say having a good baseball IQ is very helpful.

LDR — What are some things you have worked on to try and improve during the offseason?

McBride — I am continually working on getting stronger in the offseason. Hitting the weight room is where I spend a lot of the winter. I am always trying to improve my swing in the offseason, so a lot of time is spent in the cage. I also work on my throwing velocity and getting my arm into shape.

LDR — What are some expectations you have for your team and individually this season?

McBride — I have high expectations for this years team. You will hear a lot of people say we are young, but we have a lot of talent. We continue to work hard every day we are on the field. I do not doubt that we are very capable of winning a district title this year. An individual goal I have set is to be the Ozark Conference Player of the Year again.
 

For the complete article, see Wednesday's print edition of The Daily Record, or view the e-Edition online.

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