Spartan Baseball 2018 Preview

Presley Field, Staff writer

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Spartan baseball looks to showcase unproven talent in this year’s 2018 season with last year’s quarterfinal team graduating 14 seniors. Four of which went on to play college baseball and they all played key roles in leading last year’s team. The big question for this year’s team is who will replace these key players from last year?

There are many spots up for grabs this year. With mainly seniors leading the pitching rotation last year, pitching will be interesting to watch as the Spartans will see many different pitchers try to fill these roles. “There are multiple guys this year who can make a big impact and I think they’re ready to step up and contribute,” head coach Robbie Wilson said. “What I’m really excited to see this season is our Sophomore class, I think some of them can really help this team in certain aspects.”

The lineup was something of a concern coming into this season with having to replace big hitters like Johns Hamilton, at Georgia Southern now and J.P. Mcguire at Gardner-Webb. “One weakness we have this year is how we don’t have as much depth as we did before,” Wilson said.

One strength coming into this year is having senior standout Carson Taylor ready to lead for his senior season. Carson broke the school record in RBI’s last season with 51 and is ready to have another successful season. Shane Lussier is returning at shortstop after a solid campaign at the plate last season, batting .348. This year’s lineup will have some unproven talent, but many of them have shown already they are ready to contribute. Zac Mixon, 10, already has shown contribution with 2 RBI’s in the first game along with Jake Johnson going three innings with no earned runs. Senior Sam Johnson and sophomore Bryceton Payne will also make major contributions on the mound.

Spartan baseball has always had high expectations. Making a Final Four appearance and a quarter-final finish in 2 years, the expectation will likely be the same.

“The expectation is to make a run in the playoffs and be the best team we can be,” Wilson said. “Improving our daily effort and staying positive will help us get where we need to be”.

Region competition this year will feature the defending state champion, North Hall. “You’ve got to give it to North Hall. They’ll be the team to be beat, I mean they won it all last year.” The Spartans, already 7-4 on the season, will look to finish off a sweep of region rival Dawson tonight at 6 p.m.

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