Wren High’s baseball team enters the 2013 season ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, largely because of its depth and experience.
“Our seniors set the tone for the rest of our group,” said Hurricanes coach Randy Thompson, who has seven on his roster. “They are really good leaders.
“Luckily, we have our seniors spread out all over the field. We have some infielders, outfielders and pitchers. Everything is there for us to have a good year.”
Senior Eli White, a Clemson University signee, will start at shortstop for the Hurricanes when he is not pitching.
Justin Allen, who signed with USC Upstate this month, will play center field.
“Justin is one of the fastest kids in the state,” said Thompson. “He is a left-handed hitter that can hit to all fields.”
Wren’s starting catcher, Ervin Roper, is a College of Charleston signee.
“Anybody that knows anything about baseball knows that the middle of your defense is very important,” Thompson said. “I feel like we are pretty solid up the middle.”
Sophomore L.T. Tolbert joins the senior trio in the middle of the defense at second base. Tolbert, a University of South Carolina recruit, will bat cleanup.
Nick Dalpaiz will rotate between second and third base, while Johnny Fernandez will split time among second, third and catcher. Seniors Cam Gilreath, Chase Day and Tucker Norris will see action in the outfield. Dakota Fits will play at first base and in the outfield.
“We have 10 or 11 guys that probably need to be in the lineup, but we only have nine spots,” Thompson said.
Thompson said the Hurricanes have six or seven quality pitchers, adding, “We haven’t had this much pitching depth in three years.”
Allen looks to be the No. 1 starter, while seniors Day and Hunter Crompton are vying for spots in the rotation along with Fits, Tolbert and White.
Junior Joey Carpenter will be the Hurricanes’ primary relief pitcher.