From left, Belton’s Joey Hogan, Chase Cryer, Walker Winders, Mark Herrington and Jared Janczak lead the defending District 8-5A champions.

Bryan Correira | Herald

Belton head coach Eddie Cornblum doesn’t believe in heightened expectations.

Not even with the reigning District 8-5A MVP and Newcomer of the Year amongst a host of others back from a district championship team.

“I think the bar is always raised,” Cornblum said. “I know I don’t coach to lose, and our job as the year goes and starting in August is to prepare these guys for a successful season.”

Belton has certainly has the pieces for that this year.

Jared Janzcak, a TCU signee and the reigning district MVP, returns as does former Newcomer of the Year junior Chase Sorter.

Also back is second baseman Chase Cryer, an All-District 8-5A first-teamer and University of Houston signee.

Yet Cornblum said he has also been impressed with a number of 8-5A second-teamers from last year, like shortstop Walker Winders and third baseman Mark Herrington.

“That guy can glove it with the best of them,” Cornblum said. “So, we’re excited to have him as a mainstay at third.”

On the mound, Belton also has multiple lefties for the first time in recent history and returning 8-5A second- teamer Shane Stafford.

“When you have the talent returning in guys that we have you just try to keep everything in perspective and keep them motivated,” Cornblum said.

And with the right mentality, Belton has to like its chances to repeat as District 8-5A champions.

Contact Jordan Mason at or 254-501-7562​

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