Easley High baseball coach Roger Finley said his pitching staff is deep.
“We have about six or seven really good pitchers on our ballclub this year,” said Finley, in his 10th season as the Green Wave’s coach.
The rotation is headlined by Clemson commit Tucker Burgess. Fellow seniors Austin Northcutt, Brice Maready, Will Hartsell and Will Talley will start for the Green Wave. Freshman Dalton Black, sophomore Bailey Littleton and junior Parker Creaseman round out Easley’s staff.
“We have a lot of experience in our rotation,” Finley said. “We feel very good about our pitching depth.”
The Green Wave are just two years removed from a Region 1-AAAA championship.
Finley said the Green Wave will have to rely on pitching, solid defense and timely hitting to compete for a region title.
“We take pride in being a fundamentally sound ballclub,” Finley said. “Our region will be tough. We know that many of our region games will be one- or two-run games.”
Burgess and Hartsell, like many of their teammates, can play multiple positions. Both players have displayed power from the plate.
“We have 19 guys on our roster, and every one of them contributes in some way,” Finley said.
Maready, Cole Recio and Casey Woody share the catching duties.
Brandon Hood starts at first base. Thomas Bullard plays first base and outfield. Nic Thompson and Jameson Spitzmiller rotate between second base and shortstop.
Jordan Pankake, younger brother of the University of South Carolina’s Joey Pankake, starts at third base and was hitting above .300 in the early going.
Will Porter is Easley’s leadoff hitter and starting center fielder. Nolan Clark starts in left field and Channing Lawson in right.
“Our goal is to make it into the playoffs,” Finley said. “If a team makes the playoffs and they get hot, they can make a run.”