, 2014


LHS varsity baseball roster boasts experience

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Lancaster High’s finish last year as a regional semifinalist was a pleasant surprise for varsity baseball coaches Welby Saunders and Scotty George. So the two hope to build on that success this year.

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From left, members of Lancaster High's varsity baseball team are (front row) Demetrick Lee, Kyle Thomas, Jay Bryant, Brandon Self, Daniel Thomas, Caleb Gordon and Taylor Woolard; (next row) coach Scotty George, Jamerson Robertson, Matthew Abbott, Noah Hook, Grant Long, Jordan Hodges, Josh Moore and coach Welby Saunders. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

The duo return for their seventh season and bring back only two seniors in pitcher Josh Moore and outfielder Demetrick Lee. They lost three from last year’s team including pitcher Colton Hayden and catcher Kedrick Lee.

“We’re going to look for some senior leadership from Josh and Demetrick,” said Saunders. “We’re young but still a team with a lot of experience. Most of our players have been playing varsity for three years. And this should be a breakout year for our juniors.”

Moore will fill Hayden’s shoes as Saunders’ go-to-guy on the mound. He’ll lead a pitching staff that will include junior Taylor Woolard and sophomore Matthew Abbott.

Moore and Woolard will get most of the starting time on the mound with Abbott on relief.

“We’ll be solid defensively,” said Saunders. “So if Josh and Taylor pitch they way they’re capable and have the year I’m expecting, we should be good. And we also have some good relief.”

When Moore isn’t on the mound, he’ll play second and when Woolard isn’t pitching, he’ll play in the outfield.

Sophomore Kyle Thomas will make the move from third base to catcher to fill the void left by K. Lee. Thomas “is new to the position, but very good,” said Saunders.

K. Thomas’ older brother, Daniel, a junior, will start at shortstop, while junior Jordan Hodges is back to play first base.

Starting in the outfield at various times along with D. Lee will be juniors Jonathan Seal and Brandon Self and sophomores Grant Long and Jay Bryant.

Also getting playing time in the outfield when he’s not pitching will be Abbott and junior Noah Hook. Juniors Caleb Gordon and Jamerson Robertson are utility players who can play in several different positions.

Despite a cold, wet start for the spring sports season, Lancaster hasn’t had to miss a game due to weather. In its opener, the Devils shut out King & Queen, 23-0. They are scheduled to play the Tigers again today (March 27) on the road and will visit West Point Tuesday, April 1.

SCHEDULE

March 27 at King & Queen

April 1 at West Point

April 4-5 Dream Fields Tournament

April 8 at Colonial Beach

April 10 Rappahannock

April 17-18 at Nandua/Chincoteague

April 22 at Essex

April 24 at Mathews

April 25 at Middlesex

April 29 at Washington & Lee

May 2 Northumberland

May 6 at Rappahannock

May 8 Essex

May 13 Colonial Beach

May 15 Washington & Lee

May 20 at Northumberland

May 28 Conference #43 Tournament

at Dream Fields


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