NA Baseball: Diamond Preview
The familiar symptoms of baseball season have already begun, so its time for a prognosis.
What lies ahead for the NAHS team this year? How does the squad look? Perhaps the biggest news this year for the baseball team is the addition of another ace, Jackson Whitley, who recently transferred from Augusta Christian. This left -handed rocket launcher has two things on his side: his size (a.k.a. intimidation) on the mound and his speed (averaging in the upper-eighties).
But if that isn’t enough, North Augusta’s other ace, Taylor Guerrieri, has only gotten better since last year. Taylor has topped the speed-gun at 92 mph and is steadily climbing his way up. With colleges picking up on this fastball, Guerrieri explained that “the only way to stay on my game is to keep practicing.”
Defensively, the Jackets are keeping up with the tradition of excellent pitching. Who could forget NA stars like Tyler Colvin and Marty Gantt? Considering the fact that history repeats itself, it’s easy to see why NAHS is looking forward to a great season.
Behind the plate, Douglas Alexander keeps close watch on any suspicious base runners. “It’s like shooting deer,” says Alexander, speaking about the process involved when throwing down on a steal. “Aim for the chest.” Jokes like this have proved that the team’s best interest is a harmonious blend of determination and enjoying the game. However, the Jackets are still focused on the record, and like always, ready to play some ball.
The bats aren’t looking too shabby either. New varsity players like Vinny Miller and Trevor Hutto, are swinging for consistency and making base hits. Coupled by quick base-running, the offensive side of NA’s game is definitely matching up with its excellent defense.
These multiple aspects are only some of the reasons why NA hopes to dominate the key this year. If anything, Yellow Jacket fans can expect an exciting season. By the time mid-season rolls around, the coldness of this year’s football season’s end will be replaced by the warmth and thrill of baseball season.