Fairfield Central enjoyed baseball success last season. The Griffins finished 11-14 overall, went 6-4 and finished in third place in Region 3-2A and posted its first-ever state playoff win.
“We have more depth than we’ve ever had; I have 17 guys that can contribute,” said FC coach Scotty Dean. “I feel we’ve reached the point as a program that we can take the next step and compete for a region championship.”
Dean said the strengths of the team are defense and speed on the bases, but he is concerned about pitching.
“We hope to use our speed to put more pressure on teams than we did last season,” said Dean. “Though I think we are solid defensively, that won’t matter much if our pitchers don’t throw strikes on a consistent basis. If they do, we’ll be very competitive.”
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Seniors Tavaris Cook (2B), Compton Walker (SS/P), Jarvis Kennedy (3B), Nick Goins (LF), Javaris Cook (CF), and Ta’Quan Kelly (RF), junior Christopher Boyd (1B/P), sophomore Brandon dams (C/P/1B) and freshman Stanley McManus (C/P/INF) are the key returning players.
Cook, who was the team MV in 2012, missed all of last season with an injury.
Infielders Akeem Foster and Markelle Whitaker are also in the mix for playing time.
The Griffins open the regular season on March 12 at Richard Winn and begin region play on March 14 at Columbia.