Lexington started the 2010 baseball season with little varsity experience and a lot of questions to answer.
The Wildcats once more passed a challenging test with flying colors. Though the overall record (15-13) was somewhat tepid, Lexington delivered when it mattered the most – going 10-4 in Region 4-4A play to net a No. 2 state playoff seed. The ‘Cats pushed Sumter to the limit before falling to the Gamecocks in the final phase of the District 6 tournament.
The good news is only four senior starters are departing and three of the Wildcats’ four all-region picks are expected to return next spring.
South Carolina-bound pitcher Alex Brooks and underclassmen Richie McCullough, Aric Bane and Ross Richardson all earned spots on the 4-4A all-star team.
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Brooks was outstanding on the hill again, finishing with a 4-2 record with a 1.79 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 47 innings on the hill. McCullough and Richardson were standouts on the mound and in the lineup. McCullough went 3-2 with a 2.90 ERA, while batting .357 and leading the team in hits (30), triples (2), home runs (3), RBIs (24) and total bases (49). Richardson was 2-2 with two saves and a 3.45 ERA on the bump, and hit .361 with 18 runs and 15 RBIs. Bane, meanwhile, finished with a .390 batting mark, had team highs in runs (22), doubles (8) and OPS (.992).
Catcher Jack Blackwell, first baseman John McInnis and outfielder Preston Calamas are the other graduating senior starters.
Middle infielders Colie Bowers and Cody Smith and outfielder Chad Lee return along with McCullough, Richardson and Bane.
“We need to find some pitching, but we will be a lot more experienced next season,” said Wildcats coach Tommie Mishoe.