High school commentary

Baxter: Time to unveil baseball diamonds

March 3, 2013 

SPRING IS IN the air and that means baseball season is upon us.

I spent the weekend at White Knoll High, taking in the Red Bank Invitational in what is rapidly becoming one of the better preseason tournaments in the state.

At the same time, there were tournaments going on all over the state, including Baseball at the Beach, the Mustang Invitational at Midland Valley, and the Comporium at Gilbert.

The season opens up tonight in the Midlands with a big one at Lexington with rival Irmo.

Here is my Midlands preseason top 10 player list and their college choices:

1. Nick Ciuffo, senior catcher, Lexington (South Carolina);

2. Josh Reagan, senior left-handed pitcher, Lexington (South Carolina);

3. Andrew Beckwith, senior right-handed pitcher, Blythewood;

4. Drew Moyer, senior right-handed pitcher, Gilbert (Clemson);

5. Gene Cone, senior outfielder, Spring Valley (South Carolina);

6. Tyler Romanik, sophomore catcher, Blythewood (South Carolina);

7. Jared Williams, junior infielder, Gilbert (South Carolina);

8. Nick Pappas, senior first baseman/third baseman, Dutch Fork (College of Charleston);

9. Cole McMillan, senior left-handed pitcher, Lexington (South Carolina);

10. Jake Mueller, sophomore infielder, Richland Northeast.

Football recruiting

Here are this week’s “Three To Watch” from the class of 2014. These are players with at least FCS caliber talent but are not yet on the radar.

•  T.J. Foster, wide receiver, Union County: He returns to help coach Steve Taneyhill continue what he started in his first year at Union. Foster has a strong skill set, has 4.5 speed, and great hands.

•  Will Hunter, quarterback, Lexington: Hunter has developed into a solid prospect who can make all of the throws. With some work on his footwork, he could be a FBS-caliber player and definitely an FCS guy.

•  Josh Harlan, linebacker, Spring Valley: He’s got a great skill set, good tackling skills, excellent instincts, and is strong in pass coverage. He was recently offered by Memphis.

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