A few weeks ago when Philomath played at Sweet Home, the Albany Democrat-Herald sent a reporter and photographer to the game. The next day at our weekly Mid-Valley Newspapers content meeting, the photo editor, who shot the game himself, commented that he thought Philomath had a very good third baseman. I replied, yeah, that’s Marshall Brattain — he’s been starting over there for a couple of years.
Afterward, I realized he couldn’t have been talking about Marshall because he was pitching that day. Brody Hiner takes over third base duties when Marshall is on the mound.
I talked to Brody this afternoon after Philomath’s victory over Sisters.
“I haven’t been playing as well as I’ve wanted over there, but for sure I’ve been ready because I know when Marshall pitches, I’m going to be playing there,” Hiner said. “I’ve been getting time there during the summer ball season ... It would be nice to get more reps there during games but I definitely am happy with what I’m doing and have been ready when (Coach Levi) Webber needs me over there.”
Hiner is just a junior and it seems like a strong possibility that he could move into the position full time next season since Brattain is now a senior.