Latta baseball hoping for strong season
By Ken Buck
Latta— The Latta High School Vikings baseball team is looking for more wins down the stretch as Coach Donald Cribb’s team is currently 6-1 in the region and 10-4 overall.
“We are still trying to develop some consistency and improve in all phases of the game,” Cribb says about his team’s play so far this season.
“We do have depth at all positions,” he adds, pointing out that all 17 players on the roster have contributed this season.
Cribb added that the lack of consistency has been the biggest weakness for his team this year.
“(We just want) to be the very best team we can be at the end of the playoffs,” says the head coach.
Cribb says that all of his team has been key to successes so far.
Seniors such as Brady Hatchell, an infielder and outfielder, Daniel Kahlil, outfielder, Caleb Mishue, a pitcher and infielder, Noah Moody, an infielder and outfielder, and Cledue Williams, a catcher have provided leadership.
Juniors on this year’s team include Jackson Powers, a catcher, Kody Anderson, a pitcher and infielder, Jordan Hayes, outfielder, McLeod Carmichael, a pitcher and outfielder, John Malcolm George, infielder, and Pierce Watson, a catcher.
Sophomores include Dylan Brewer, a pitcher and outfielder, Hunter Sawer, a pitcher and outfielder, Noah Henderson, a pitcher and outfielder, Russ Rogers, an infielder, Chase Mishue, a pitcher and infielder, and Deonte Stanley, an infielder and outfielder.
Jason Norton, an infielder, is the only freshmen on the roster at this time.
Assistant coaches for the Latta Vikings include Austin Morrell, Marshall Tesauro, Teddy Williams, and Chris German.
The next few weeks will be pivotal for the Vikings heading down the stretch. Latta High has two key games upcoming against Hemingway (home and away), as well as match ups with Kingstree, Marion, Johnsonville, and Dillon.
The outcome in those games will likely determine how Latta places in the playoffs and whether or not they can repeat their deep run into the playoffs like last season.