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Andrews High School

Long-time assistant Richie Poston takes over Andrews baseball

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

 Andrews – Having been in and around the Andrews High baseball program for nearly a decade, Richie Poston gets his first crack as the head man this spring.

Poston is excited for his first season calling the shots and making the key decisions but sure would like a little help from Mother Nature.

Like many baseball programs along the Coastal areas of South Carolina, Andrews has had to fight a lot of rain in the early going of the 2020 season. Development has been slow but the coach feels his team can catch up in due time.

“We’re behind a good bit but hopefully everyone else is too,” Poston said. “It’s tough to make the kind of progress you want to make in the preseason when you’re in a gym. We have had to be real creative in terms of our practicing and we’re behind in our execution.

“But, we have a good group of kids. They are attacking every day with a desire to get better and to learn as much as they can. They have been very coachable and I think once we get settled in, we can be a pretty competitive team.”

Andrews was unable to get any of their three scrimmages in and missed several games in a preseason tournament. They have managed to play two games early, losing to Williamsburg Academy and getting their first win over Crestwood.

The second week of March has the Yellow Jackets playing four games in five days, including three region games (two with East Clarendon and one with Latta).

Poston will have just one senior on the roster and all nine starters will be underclassmen. The top returning player is junior centerfielder Jarian Pinckney, who hit over .500 and led the team in runs batted in last season.

“ He’s got a lot of pop in his bat and he’s easily the most complete hitter I’ve ever coached,” Poston says.

Junior Eli Durham also returns with experience and will serve several roles defensively. Juniors Kadyn Kellahan and Dawson Wheeler will handle the corner infield positions and also will log significant innings on the mound.

Junior outfielder Andrew Brandon returns in the outfield and is the team’s best threat on the bases.

As is often the case in smaller schools, pitching depth will be a concern for Andrews. The lack of preseason game opportunities has hampered the development of the arms.

“Pitching depth is always a concern but you do the best you can to bring them along,” Poston said. “Unfortunately, we will have to do that in games, on the go. We’ll be okay once we get some innings under us.”

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