Conway baseball gears up for another run with new look


CONWAY — The Conway Bears will field a whole new squad this season after the graduation of a large senior class, but head coach Clay Bilyeu says the cupboard isn’t bare and will feature a host of juniors and seniors.

Conway was 26-3 last season and won a district championship before falling to Stockton in the Missouri Class 3 state tournament. The Bears graduated eight senior starters off that squad, including Missouri State freshman Hunter Dame. Conway will be in Lebanon today to compete in a jamboree at Oley Scott Field. The jamboree will also feature Marshfield.

The Bears return just one fulltime starter in senior Tayler Simpson, as well as senior Dylan Dampier who saw time on the mound last year.

“Everybody else is new to the varsity role and don’t bring a lot of experience,” Bilyeu said. “While we’re not experienced, we are going to start juniors and seniors. We’re not starting freshmen and sophomores.”

Conway went 14-4 during the fall, won its home tournament and placed fifth in the Summit Conference tournament. Bilyeu said not only will the roster be different, but the make-up of the team will be totally different as well.

“Last year we were pretty athletic and had speed at pretty much every position,” Bilyeu said.

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