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Laurens Academy High School

Laurens Academy youthful this season

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Laurens— The Laurens Academy baseball team this season will be somewhat youthful, fielding a team with no seniors.

But that does not mean that the team will be without experience. In fact, the Crusaders will have seven returning starters among the top nine.

“Our biggest weakness is going to be consistently hitting,” says Head Coach Luke Tollison. “We will have to do they small things very well at the plate, bunting, hit and run and running the bases right.

“As a team we are very young but I think we have a good group of leaders and come ready to play and practice every day.”

Currently the Laurens Academy leading pitcher looks to be Junior Thomas Lowry. Catching will be another Junior, Judson Watkins.

Reles Littleton will be at first base and he is also a junior. Junior Jonas Smith will hold down second base. Sophomore Kyle Thompson will be at short stop, and Freshman Sam Powers will be at third base.

In left field will be Freshman Andrew Coddington, Sophomore Cal Robertson will be in center field, and right field looks to be a combination of Freshman Clarence Bartoli and eighth grader Jordan Hudson.

Watkins, Robertson, and Hudson will also see time on the mound. Thompson and Powers will also see some innings on the mound.
Tollison says that Watkins, Lowry, and Robertson have been stepping up as leaders.

“As a team we are very young but I think we have a good group of leaders and come ready to play and practice every day,” he says.

 In other Laurens Academy news, the girls basketball team just wrapped up 19-8 season, led by Reagan Willamson, who was selected for the North-South All Star game. Williamson averaged 11 points a game and was the team’s co-captain. Fellow senior Blair Quarles led the team in scoring, averaging 13.5 points a game.

 

 

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