After a halting start, Heathwood Hall’s baseball team put together a stirring stretch run that carried over to the SCISA state playoffs. The Highlanders finished with a 15-11 overall record.
“The season started off about as bad as could be possible and we were on the outside looking in on the playoff picture,” said coach Ashley Farr.
“Our offense was sputtering and not able to score and our defense always seemed to make mistakes at the wrong time. With our backs against the wall, our guys showed some intestinal fortitude and righted the ship. Overall, it was one of the oddest seasons I've been a part of at any level, but at the end of the day it ended with us being able to hold our heads high.”
Walker Sojourner (.319, 2 HR, 19 RBI), Walker Pruett and Will Stormer are the only departing senior starters, which seemingly bodes well for the Highlanders in 2011. Sojourner was one of the four Highlanders to receive all-region recognition.
Obviously we will those seniors, both for what they gave us on the field and off,” said Farr.
“Logistically, however, we really aren't losing that much. Senior leadership will be a huge plus for us. We will have eight seniors next year, which is the largest graduating class of baseball players at Heathwood in recent memory. Pitching and defense will definitely be pluses. We will be athletic in most spots and able to run, and if a few young kids step up, I actually expect us to be pretty good.”
All-region picks Chris Barton (.442, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 30 R, 28 SB), Whit Hensley (4-3, 2 saves, 2.83 ERA, 52 IP, 54K) and Gabe Brandner (.373, 3 HR, 17 RBI; 3-0, 1 save) headline the returning starters. Derek Kaczmarski , Sam Stormer (3-1, 0.30 ERA, 23.1 IP, 16K), Monty Todd (. 289), Thorn Cathcart and Will Detwiler round out the veteran cast expected to return next spring.