Saturday, March 26, 2011

Preview Baseball Capsules: Big East's Wilson County schools

Here is a preview look at Wilson County's representatives in the Big East Conference baseball race. Ironically, these teams finished at the top and the bottom of the coaches' preseason poll - Hunt at the top, Fike tied for the bottom.

Conference play begins Tuesday evening!


Head coach - Will Flowers (29th season)
2010 record - 18-8, 6-4 Big East
Returning starters - 4
Strengths - Defense
Weaknesses - Pitching experience
Toughest non-conference game - Rosewood. North Johnston
Starters -
1B - Dustin Edwards, Jr.
2B - Matt Owens, Sr.
SS - Tyler Poythress, So.
3B - Hunter Cockrell, Fr.
C - Jackson Pardue, Sr.
LF - Richard Hinton, So.
CF - Travis Ricks, Jr.
RF - Nathan Everette, Jr.
Starting pitchers: Nathan Everette, Jr., Matt Owens, Sr.
Coach's expectations - " It's a transition year for us. Three starting pitchers graduated. We have a lot youth and we're rebuilding. But our goal remain the same - win the conference and go to the playoffs."


Head coach - Jon Smith (4th season)
2010 record - 26-7, 8-2 Big East
Returning starters - 3
Strengths - Balance
Weaknesses - Inexperience
Toughest non-conference game - Holly Springs
Starters -
1B - Ches Lamm, Sr.
2B - Spencer Boykin, Sr..
SS - Parker Lamm, Jr.
3B - Corey Nygard, Sr.
C - Logan Butts, Jr.
LF - Dillan Howard, Jr.
CF - Jacob Page, Jr.
RF - Avery Harper, Sr.
Starting pitchers: Avery Harper, Sr., Ches Lamm, Sr.
Coach's expectations - "We'd love to compete for a conference championship."