Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Green Wave baseball team was hit hard by graduation, but the 2013 squad does have talent.
Summerville has to replace some starters who have been leaders for the team the past several years. However, most members of this year’s team were on the Summerville Junior American Legion team that finished as the state runner-up this summer.
“We are a pretty young, but I really like the makeup of our team,” Summerville coach Burt Bazzle said. “Everyone gets along and I can tell most of them really care about the team. We don’t have as many individuals as we have had at times in the past. These guys are very coachable and them playing together all summer and doing well helped build a bond.”
Juniors John Eckley and Zach Mosay return to the team after doing a lot of pitching last season. Freshman Sawyer Bridges also enters this season in the starting rotation.
Juniors Billy Peatross and Johnston McCurry will likely be the team’s go-to closers. Other players vying for time on the mound include Craig Lilenthal, Charlie Fessler and southpaws Alex Hursey and Chad Mathis.
“We have several pitchers who are good at different things who we would like to get out on the hill,” Bazzle said.
Miles Goodwin, last year’s designated hitter, Peatross, McCurry, TJ Hopkins and Matty Powell have been strong at the plate this preseason so Bazzle is expecting big things from them. Hopkins enters the season in the leadoff spot.
“Those guys will probably have the highest batting averages but all of our guys are capable at the plate,” Bazzle said. “We have hit the ball well in the preseason.”
Goodwin will do most the catching this season and Matty Powell, a sophomore, will move into the DH spot. McCurry returns to second base and Peatross will hold down first. Mosay will man third and Devonte Base and Nick Rowell are competing for the shortstop position.
Senior Michael Powell brings experience to right field. Hopkins will likely start in centerfield while Lilenthal and Nick Rowell are competing for time in left. Daquan Wrighten and Reilly Hagan provide depth for the Summerville outfield.
Senior Matty Marvin will likely see some time at catcher and Fessler will likely play first when Peatross is on the hill.
Region 8-AAAA looks to be wide open this year. Ashley Ridge is the defending Class AAAA champion, but lost most of its starters. Fort Dorchester and Beaufort return some promising athletes and Colleton County defeated ranked Wando this preseason. Bluffton also joins the region this season.
“Our region is tough,” Bazzle said. “You had better come to play every night because each team is capable.”
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