It's been 11 years since McGuffey last finished with a winning record. And while recent history suggests the Highlanders will fall well short again this season, improvement is not out of the question.
New coach Scott Henson takes over a program that has struggled mightily over the past decade. Since going 8-6 and reaching the playoffs in 2004, the Highlanders have won more than four games just once. They've had two winless seasons and two one-win seasons in that span. Last season, the Highlanders finished 1-13.
But one would think McGuffey's fortunes will take a turn for the best at some point. Who knows, maybe it will be this season.
The Highlanders will have to do it with a young lineup, however. Pitcher-infielder Matt Chambers is the lone senior. A promising junior class includes infielders Dan Orr, Dakota Wilkinson and Bryce Roscoe, outfielders Joe Townsend and Shawn Sanders, infielder-outfielder Jared Whirlow, and pitcher-infielder Trey Belleville.