Batesburg-Leesville has eight seniors on the roster but not much in the way of returning varsity experience this spring in its quest to return to the Class 2A state baseball playoffs after missing the cut a year ago with another senior dominated team.
“Because we had nine seniors last season the returning guys haven't gotten much varsity playing time,” said Panthers coach Matt Covington. “We have a chance to be pretty good defensively and have depth in the pitching department. If we can score some runs, we will likely be successful.”
B-L closed with a 14-10 record a year ago, went 4-6 and finished fifth in Region 3. The new-look Region 3-2A is far less demanding. Gilbert and Strom Thurmond stay put along with the Panthers. The newcomers are Columbia, Eau Claire and Keenan.
The top returning hands include four-year starter K.J. Johnson, senior Brady Addy (.351), senior Cody Sanders (6-3, 92 K in 59 IP) and junior Christopher Stewart (2-2, 23 K in 26 IP).
Covington said the potential impact newcomers include senior Andre Johnson, seniopr Bryan Terlizzi, senior Shane Holley, sophomore Parker Evans and sophomore Carlson Jones.