We are heading into the third week of February, and baseball practices are well underway; the ice storm last week delayed the first week of scrimmages, but the teams were on the field this weekend. Who are the Midlands’ top teams to watch in 2014?
In Class 4A, defending state champion Lexington will be in a ‘rebuild’ mode after graduating a king’s ransom of starters. But the Wildcats should be more than competitive late in the season. Blythewood, which finished second in the final state coaches’ poll, could be the team to watch in the Midlands. The Bengals return impact players, including third baseman Tyler Romanik.
In 3A, A.C. Flora is the team to beat and might be the best team in the Midlands. Airport will have growing pains but is strong on the hill with Austin Hawley. Gilbert returns strong talent and will be in the mix late.
With a little less than a month remaining before the first game of the season, we’ll take a look at the SCVarsity.com Top Fifteen Players from the Midlands, regardless of graduating class:
|1.||Madison Stokes||SS||A.C. Flora|
|5.||Donald Gilespie||3B||A.C. Flora|
|7.||Jake Mueller||SS||Richland Northeast|
|10.||Shannon Glover||C||Richland Northeast|
|11.||Derek Olenchuk||SS||Dutch Fork|
|14.||Brandon Tillman||OF||River Bluff|