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Wilson Hall Baseball, Softball teams looking forward to rebuilding seasons

 By Rip Ripley

Special Contributor

Sumter--Youth is a common theme on the diamond for Wilson Hall baseball and softball teams this season. 

The softball team, coming off a State Championship last season, and under the direction of Coach Teresa Alexander, faces a new challenge. 

Between graduation and injuries, the Lady Barons only return three active players from last year’s title run, and Coach Alexander is turning to some younger players to fill some big shoes. Seniors Sydney Jarecki and Caitleigh Bryant are leading the way this season along with Junior outfielder Carly Allred

Sophomore Andi Grae Wingate has stepped up early in this season.  Leading the youth movement on the team are sophomores Mary Claire Lee, Kalie Poston, freshman Ansleigh Epps, and 8th graders Sophie Greene, Dani Hanley and Ellie Stone

Coach Alexander commented, “We’ve lost a lot from last year’s team, but there’s something special about watching a group like this improve throughout the season.  We’ve got a lot of work to do, but I’m hoping that we’re up to the challenge.” 

Despite losing so much from last year, the Lady Barons have continued a tradition of a rigorous schedule to start the season.  As region play starts, they are hoping that this challenging pre-season slate will pay off. 

On the baseball diamond, Coach Adam Jarecki faces similar challenges.  Last year’s team made a run to the state semifinals, but also only return three players from last year.

Seniors Tanner Epps, Chandler Scott, and sophomore Wise Segars are all back.  Joining them are seniors Harrison Hudson and Chase Ward, Juniors Jagger Herbert and Walker Knowlton, Sophomores Britton Beasley, Hunter Ives, freshmen Tyler Jones, William Reese, Tate Sistare and 8th grader Jase Epps

“We’ve had some guys step up into positions early this season,” Coach Jarecki. “Guys like Chase (Ward), Tyler (Jones), and Harrison (Hudson) have stepped into infield positions and are doing well.” 

Softball and Baseball teams open region play this week against Florence Christian.

 

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