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McBee Among Class A’s Elite In Baseball

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

McBee— The McBee High Panther baseball program is not so quietly becoming among the best in Class A coming off another state title just last year and the team has “reloaded” to hopefully defend their title this season.

Head Coach Chris Lloyd returns for his third season as McBee’s head coach and his 21st year of coaching over-all. Previously he was at McBee from 1999-2008, then went to Chesterfield from 2009 to 2015 before returning to McBee as the head coach.

Lloyd said that the program’s success is due to a hard-working and dedicated coaching staff.

“We also get unbelievable support from our community, which shows in the growth of our facilities, which I would also match against anyone in the state,” he says. “We have also been blessed with players who have worked hard to achieve these recent accomplishments and helped raise the expectations of future teams.”

(In recent years a new indoor batting facility was built just beyond center field and it can serve as a great place for the team to work-out on rainy days.)

This year’s team will be all juniors and seniors but only three return who have extensive varsity playing experience.

“We will be a work in progress as the year goes along and the biggest key will be how long it takes each play to buy into what we are teaching team,” said Coach Lloyd.

The pitching staff will largely be comprised of returning senior leader McIver Wallace, Graham Newsome, and Seth Pittington. Pittington will also see time catching, along with Brady Boyle and Dawson Wellmon at first base, Johnny Gainey at second base, and Charlie Graham are at shortstop. Third base will be a combination of Wallace and Newsome.

Hunter Gilbert and Chad Brown will both see time in left field, Boyle will also be playing center field, and Corey Wayne and Reese Griggs will be in right field.

Wallace, who was the HSSR all-state team last year, will be among the key returning players. Last regular season he hit .333 with a home run and 18 runs batted in. In the playoffs he hit for .522 with two home runs and 10 RBI.

Wellmon last season also had a hot bat during the Class A playoffs. He hit .308 during the regular season in but he went on a tear in the playoffs batting .563 when the team needed it most.

In the ninth spot in the batting line up last year, Boyle was .233 in the regular season and .357 in the playoff’s seven games. Boyle is also an outstanding football prospect and he is receiving interest from colleges for football.

 

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