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Latta baseball ride hot into the playoffs

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Latta— The Latta High School Vikings baseball team is making a strong push in the Class AA post season, hoping to bring home a state title.

Latta moved into the playoffs as a top seed in District VIII. The Vikings opened the playoffs with a 3-1 win over Silver Bluff, and followed that up with an 8-0 win over Calhoun County to move into the district finals. In the finals, Latta once again met Calhoun County, winning the district title 12-2.
The Vikings are now in the state semifinals, battling in the lower state with Buford, Bamberg-Ehrhardt, and Batesburg-Leesville.

Latta Head Coach Donald Cribb said that the depth and quality of the pitching has been key to the successes this season.

“We have pitched well enough to get us this far but now need to be more consistent defensively and offensively in order to continue playing,” he says.

Cribb added that timely hitting and improved defense have also been key to the successes of the Vikings.

The impressive pitching staff includes McLeod Carmichael, Noah Henderson, Hunter Sawyer, Jackson Powers, Dylan Brewer, Kody Anderson, and Caleb Mishue.

While the pitching has been stellar, the Vikings are also producing at the plate. Cribb says the team members who have been having a good season hitting include Cledus Williams, Carmichael, Brewer, Russ Rogers, Pierce Watson, Daniel Khalil, John Malcolm George, Anderson, Jason Norton, Deonte Stanley, Mishue, Noah Moody, Brady Hatchell, and Jordan Hayes.

Earlier in the season, Cribb was pushing his team to get better in all facets of play.

“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.

“(We just want) to be the very best team we can be at the end of the playoffs,” Cribb said back in March, and judging by the results in the post season so far, it would appear as though the team is there.

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