Boiling Springs ready to contend for region title
By C.R. Cumbee
Boiling Springs—After finishing fourth in the region and going 1-2 in the playoffs last year, Boiling Springs baseball coach Jeff Lipscomb believes the group he brings back can contend for both a conference and Upper State title this spring.
“We’ve got a lot of good senior leadership. A lot of our starters played football so they got a taste of the state championship. They’re winners and they do the little things right,” Lipscomb said. “Defense and offense, I think we’re as good as anybody around, but you’ve got to pitch to be able to win. If our pitching comes through, we could be very competitive this year.”
The Bulldogs have a pair of South Carolina commits on the roster, led by senior shortstop Mason Streater, who will also be the team’s closer out of the bullpen.
“He struggled last year because he couldn’t find the strike zone, but this year he seems to have found it. We’re going to ride him as long as we can. When you take him off shortstop, you lose a lot because he’s a flat out player on the infield,” Lipscomb said.
The ace of the pitching staff is sophomore Dawson Taylor, who has verballed to the Gamecocks. He went 5-2 on the mound as a freshman and will also see time in left field.
“He’s a left-hander that’s going to run it up to 85 (miles per hour). He has a lot of arm side run to his ball. We pulled him up from the jayvee last year and he was very successful,” Lipscomb said.
Second baseman Justin Brasher and senior Adam Leiszler are currently slotted behind Taylor in the rotation.
Other starters include catcher John Mike Faile, first baseman Aaron Thomas, third baseman Michael Bollinger, centerfielder Will Brown and right fielder Adam Pucetas.
Depending on who’s pitching, shortstop Andrew Greer and left fielders Patrick Smith and Davis Brown could see action as well. First baseman Logan Soulsby and pitchers Max Bailey, Todd Harris and Thomas Goff make up the rest of the roster.
Boiling Springs went 4-0 in the Diamond Prospects preseason tournament and will open the regular season at J.L. Mann March 7. The Bulldogs will then head to Georgetown later in the week to compete in the IP Classic.