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Buddin encouraged by young talent at Pinewood Prep


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – The Pinewood Prep baseball program has been one of the top eight programs in Class AAA of SCISA over the last few years. But head coach Jay Buddin faces a big rebuilding job in 2019.

Pinewood Prep has graduated 19 players over the last two years, including 10 from last year’s 16-9 team. This year’s roster does not include a senior, and only one junior. The coach is counting on major production from 11 freshmen and an eighth-grader.

“Due to our youth and inexperience at the varsity level, this will be a challenging, yet fun, year as we have some tremendously talented young players,” Buddin reports. “These young players are very coachable and eager to learn but we, as a staff, realize they much adjust to the speed of the game. That simply comes with innings played.

“I am as excited as I have been in my coaching career to watch these young players develop and mature into accomplished varsity players. With these players, our program has an unlimited ceiling and I am very excited about our future.”

Freshmen Cooper Robinson, Tyler Evans, TJ Hatchett and Alec Rehagen, along with eighth-grader Maddox Webb, will log major innings on the mound this spring.

Robinson will also work in the outfield while Evans will see time at first base. Hatchett and Rehagen will work on the infield.

Freshman Noah Cadiz and Luke Hartig will work behind the plate. Sophomore Cole Gulotti and freshman Weston Hickerson are infielders while freshman Trey Blume is an outfielder.

While the baseball team lacks experience, the girls soccer team has 17 letter winners back from a team that finished as the Class AAA state runner-up in SCISA.

Leading the charge for the Panthers is senior all-stater Grace Powell, one of the state’s top scoring threats and a College of Charleston signee. Powell scored seven goals in the first six matches of this season.

Another key leader is senior forward Haley Welch, who scored five early goals. She has signed with Converse College.

Sophomores McKenna Zielke and Riley Cox, along with freshman Alyssa Collins, return in the midfield as well. Freshman Kelsey McKinney and junior Emma Robertson return as forwards with sophomore Jordan White also working in the front half of the field.

 Key defenders this spring will include eighth-grader Jessica Osborne, senior Haley Baker and Mackenzie McKinney. Abbey Martichenko returns as a senior leader up front as well. Mary Grace Robertson is working in goal.

The Panthers went 4-4 early on, losing twice to public school state champion Academic Magnet and twice to SCISA rival Porter-Gaud. One of the early impressive wins came against public school AA state finalist Southside Christian.





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