Evans returns a solid core from last season and coach Ricky Beale hopes it's enough to compete for a region title. And first-year Augusta Prep coach Tyler Bromley wants to create a fun atmosphere around his young team.
Knights prep for region fight
Beale assessed his team the way most coaches have at this point, with a few generalities and an expression of hope for the coming season.
The Knights return six position players from a 2007 team that lost in the first round of the AAAA state playoffs.
Beale's team swept Wayne County the first two games of the Region 3-AAAA tournament. He knows the key to state playoff success begins with succeeding in his own region.
"Hopefully, with a lot of guys coming back, we can battle it out in this region," Beale said. "Hopefully, we compete with Greenbrier, Lakeside and Statesboro for the region title. And hopefully we'll win that first series, play for a region title and play from there. This group potentially may be able to do that. It's whether we can come together."
Other than its major region match-ups, Evans' schedule is highlighted by Diamond Day on March 1.
Lee County, Lakeside and South Effingham will travel to Evans for a day of games. Evans will play Lee County on Feb. 29 and South Effingham the next day.
"It's a pretty good two days there of baseball," Beale said. "We play some good competition, get teams from out of the area in here to play and see what we can do."
Cavaliers get new head coach
A familiar face fills a new position this season for Augusta Prep baseball, and he wants to instill a new attitude.
Bromley begins his third season coaching the Cavaliers, his first season as head coach. He inherits a team that finished 4-14 last season, graduated 10 seniors and might compete for numbers with soccer in coming years -- if Cavaliers athletics officials follow through with a proposal to field a spring team.
In short, Bromley probably won't feel much pressure to win this season, and he wants his players to share the same carefree attitude.
"Everybody's going to play this year," he said. "We're going to try and take on an entirely new philosophy, where we really make baseball enjoyable."
Six freshman dot Bromley's roster, which is anchored by senior Ryan Trapp and a trio of juniors.
"I don't expect to go undefeated, by any means," Bromley said. "I know it's a rebuilding year, but we're going to have a good time. These guys are going to learn a lot about baseball."
The Columbia County News-Times ©2013. All Rights Reserved.