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Wilson Hall baseball relying on experience

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Sumter—The Wilson Hall baseball team is turning in yet another stellar season so far, and relying upon an experienced unit as they prepare for post season play.

The Barons have only suffered two losses so far this season, and one was a region loss to Lawrence Manning, who beat Wilson Hall in the state championship last year.

Head Coach Adam Jarecki says that he’s pleased with his team’s play so far.

“We graduated some key people but we got a lot of our pitching is back,” he says.

McLendon Sears at shortstop is among those key returning players and he also pitches. Sears has already signed to play at the University of South Carolina.

Dalton Dabbs, a junior catcher, is leading the team in hitting with a couple of home runs.

“He is hitting really well for us right now,” says Jarecki.

The Barons have returned two of last year’s main members of the pitching staff, including Senior Drew Talley and Junior Charlton Commander.

Jarecki says that the experience of the team is the major strength of this Barons’ team.

“We graduated a couple of outfielders and a second baseball so those were some key people we have to replace, but some guys have stepped up and started doing well,” Jarecki says. “We also returned Daniel Reynolds at third base and he is also one of our pitchers.

“We had the bulk of our group coming back and we felt pretty strong about it,” Jarecki continues. “We did lose a left-handed pitcher and that’s one we have had to replace pitching, but so far we have spread out the pitching among five different guys and it’s gone pretty good so far.”

Jarecki also remarked that there is still a good portion of the season left to go.

“We are capable of having a bad night,” he says. “We can make an error but if we just make the plays (we will be ok). We are hitting the ball decently and we are leaving some runners on base but we are getting some key hits at the right time and that’s helped.”

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