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Laurens Academy ‘really young’ this Spring

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Laurens— Head Coach Luke Tollison says that one phrase can probably best sum up his Laurens Academy baseball team this Spring: really young.

The team has two seniors and no juniors… the rest of the team are underclassmen, including five sophomores, two freshmen, and two eighth graders.

“So we are really young,” Tollison says.

Still, Tollison sees a lot of potential.

“I do believe we will have a chance to compete in our region,” he says. Recently Laurens Academy took on Richard Winn and competed will against perhaps the best team in the region, according to Tollison.

The Crusaders have also taken on Shannon Forest.

“We’ve played (some great teams),” says Tollison, “But I like where we are and I like where we are going.”

Outside of the youth and inexperience Tollison also pointed to a few areas of his team’s play that he would like to see improve.

“We have to find a second pitcher to help out our number one pitcher Thomas Lowry,” he explains. “Thomas has really grown up since last year and I think he has a chance to be really good but we have to find a second pitcher. That’s probably our biggest concern right now.”

Lowry is a sophomore.

Also playing well for Laurens Academy are Moah Moore and Dawson Foster, both seniors who are helping to lead the younger team.

Tollison also said that his freshmen are contributing as well, including Cal Robertson and Kyle Thompson.

Tollison also pointed out that he’s got some eighth graders starting as well.

Despite the youth and the lack of depth at pitching currently, Tollison also sees a lot of bright spots for his team.

“Right now we are playing defense pretty well,” he says. “We have only had two errors in two games. We also are taking good at bats.

“I won’t say that we are tearing the cover off of the ball but we are doing what we have to do.”

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