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Mincey takes over Colleton Prep baseball program

Walterboro – Former Hartsville High and University of South Carolina pitcher Cody Mincey is the new head baseball coach at Colleton Prep Academy this spring, bringing a new way of doing things to the program.

Mincey, who still plays professionally in the summer independent league, has the Warhawks off to a 2-0 start this season with wins over John Paul II and Thomas Heyward.

“It’s a good way to start the season and the kids are playing hard,” said Mincey, who earned all-state honors as a player out of Hartsville. “The guys have adjusted well. We’re really young but I like that. It allows me to shape and mold them into the players I want them to be. Sometimes, with a new coach and an older team, it can be hard. These guys have done everything I have asked. They haven’t missed a beat. I could tell them to run to Japan and they would find a way to get there.”

The roster this spring has only two seniors and one, Joe Bryant, is a starter. Bryant starts at second base and will be a key pitcher on the staff as well.

“Joe is a great leader, someone the younger guys respect and listen to,” Mincey said. “He sets the tone for us in the dugout.”

The other senior is Reeves Schrimpf, who will serve as a backup player at several positions.

The remaining roster is loaded with freshmen who will be called upon to grow and mature as varsity players on the run.

“We’re young but those guys are talented and have proven already they can play the game at this level,” Mincey said. “We have to continue to work and improve but this group will do that. They are learning everyday and the more they learn, the better they perform and execute.”

Freshman righthander Kyle Hooker will be the team’s number one pitcher. Hooker, at 6-2, 195-pounds, is a strong young player with great potential.

“He has a great upside and will certainly be known around the state over the next few years,” Mincey predicts.

Bryant and Brad Strickland also will be among the top three pitchers this spring. Freshmen Pete Peters and Jordan Crosby will work behind the plate. Hooker will play on the corners defensively when not pitching. Freshman Dawson Sweat, the team’s most versatile player, will work around the infield and in centerfield.

Freshman Connor Johnson will play short and will see time on the mound. Charlton Griffith will play some in the infield and will pitch while Strickland will patrol the outfield.

“We will have to move kids around depending on the pitcher but this is a versatile group,” the coach said. “They’re a pretty savvy group and they have all grown up playing together so it’s a team with good chemistry. We look forward to a good season. I’m optimistic we can be very competitive.”





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