BALDWIN  — Alan Clugston is hoping to use his diversified talents on the ball diamond to help Baldwin’s baseball team be a championship contender this season.

In past seasons, Clugston has been a pitcher. He’s a senior and will play various positions. He hurt his right arm last season and his pitching was limited.

“It’s still kind of sore, which is why I’m going to try to stay away from pitching this year and focus more on the fielding aspect,” he said. “There’s a possibility (of pitching).”

Problems with dislocating his elbow is what prevented Clugston from doing more pitching. He’s willing to be at different positions.

“It all depends on where coach wants to put me,” Clugston said. “He can put me at second or center field. I’m very versatile. I can play anywhere except catch.”

A decent glove and strong arm are among Clugston’s defensive strengths. He hopes to pick up on his hitting this season.

“I feel that the fielding aspect of last year was more of my strong suit,” Clugston said.

Baldwin opens at Crossroads on Monday. Formal practices didn’t start until this week due to school issues.

“With the talent we have as a team and kind of players we have, I don’t think it will take long,” Clugston said. “Our bats need to come alive. We’re strong on the defensive side of the ball.”