With new coach Drew Dull and a new team mindset, the East Forsyth Men’s Baseball team looks to have a successful season.
The loss of key seniors last year left the team with a lot of spots to fill. The senior leadership on this year’s team though, like captain Landon Mitchell (’16) and second baseman Brandon Ammons (’16), has risen to the challenge. Both will be attending college next year to play baseball, with Mitchell going to Gardner Webb University for pitching and Ammons going to NC A&T.
“This year we aren’t rebuilding,” said Mitchell, “we are reloading.” This year’s team does have two sophomores in the starting lineup: Connor Norby and Trevor Woods, and another in the pitching rotation: Tanner Smith. “They may be young, but they aren’t inexperienced,” said Mitchell. He was speaking not just about the underclassmen, but about the large number of juniors filling in starting positions as well.
The team opened their first week winning two out of three games. The loss came in their first game to Mount Tabor, but the Eagles got their revenge in their third game winning at Tabor 6-1.
Coach Dull had similar thoughts as Mitchell about the team. “The young guys are just going to have to step up, and the older players need to lead.” As for the outlook on his first season as the baseball coach, he wants nothing less than the successes of last year. “I expect for us to repeat as conference champions.”
The conference play for the baseball team began on March 22nd with the Eagles playing away at High Point Central. In conference, the strongest opponents the baseball team will face are Northwest and Glenn. Over Spring Break, the team will travel to South Carolina to play in the Brunswick Beach Diamond Invitational tournament (maxpreps.com).
This spring, coming out to an Eagles baseball game should be a must on your schedule. It’s a good way to relax and this talented team will surely keep you entertained!