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Veteran righty ready to take on big role with Express

Terry McNabb has had some success at Ross Wells Park.

Terry McNabb pitches for the Moose Jaw Miller Express.

He hopes that continues this season as he rejoins the Moose Jaw Miller Express.

“It feels nice. It feels just like home,” said McNabb. “I played here throughout midget and played here for a couple of years and coming away for a summer, it was tough to leave last year.”

McNabb didn’t play with the Express last summer, as he stayed in the United States playing summer baseball.

However, when given the opportunity to play his senior year in Moose Jaw, he couldn’t pass up the chance.

McNabb and some other players were at Ross Wells Park on Wednesday practising and meeting each other for the first time as they prepare for their season opener on Friday.

Now that Dustin Caplette and Marshall Dean have graduated, the Express will look at McNabb to be the No. 1 guy on the mound and provide leadership in the locker room.

“Their shoes are a big spot to fill. Marsh (Dean) and Cappy (Caplette) did very well last year. I watched them online and kept up with them,” said McNabb. “I have a big role to fill and I hope I can do it.”

The Davidson native finished his season at North Carolina Central University. He had a record of 2-9 with 69 strikeouts to just 16 walks and an ERA of 4.66.

“It went well,” said McNabb. “I was out of the bullpen in the summer and it is a lot different than starting, but I think it went pretty well.”

McNabb will get the start for the home opener and he hopes to have a successful and strong summer for the Express.

“I want to do what I can and hopefully rack up some wins and help the team as much as I can,” he said.

As one of the veterans on the team, he also wants to show what the organization expects from their players on and off the field.

“I just want to show the guys how to play on the field and when they come to the field, it is time to go,” he said.

The team will practice again today at Ross Wells Park and more players arrive throughout the week.

There are six Saskatchewan born players on the Express this season, including three from Moose Jaw.

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