Preview: Brookland-Cayce baseball

03/09/2014 5:12 PM

03/09/2014 5:12 PM

Shawn Torbett faces an interesting challenge as the new baseball coach at Brookland-Cayce – a traditional powerhouse program that has lost stability since Brian Hucks left for Lexington in 2012.

Torbett is the third coach at B-C in three seasons and the primary task is to restore continuity. Torbett, a native of West Virginia, has two seasons of head coaching experience in Ohio (1997-98) and has been a valued assistant at three different top-flight programs – Lexington, Gilbert and Blythewood - in the Midlands since arriving in South Carolina in 1999.

The Bearcats bounced back from a losing season in 2012 to go 16-9 last season.

Seniors Grant Petrey ( SS/ P), Trey Foster (1B) and Treas Wooten (C are the key returning players.

“I like our senior leadersip and I think we’ll be a good defensive team but we also have an inexperienced pitching staff,” said Torbett. “We’ll have to play at a high level to compete in our region.”

The Bearcats went 6-4 and finished in third place in Region 5-3A a year ago behind archrival Airport and Gilbert. Torbett expects the region to be even more balanced this season.

B-C opens the regular season at home against Hammond on March 11.

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