season Preview iNFieLd
Starter Hunter Ridge (.340-4-41) • Michael Bass (.326-0-33, 20 SB)
Starters Tyler Molinaro (.277-16-48)
Returning Corey Dick (.302-8-35) • Luis Renvil (.333-0-1) • Matt Keeler (.259-0-0) • Dillon Bass (.167-0-1) • Ryan LaGrange (.050-0-0)
Returning Luke Dunlap (.333-1-3) • Micah Jarrett (.250-0-3) • Josh Abshire (.167-0-0)
most of the fall with a shoulder injury, but showed a strong bat from the left side. He could add depth, depending on his recovery from fall surgery.
to fi nish with a .340 batting average with 16 doubles, four homers and 41RBI. His .434 on base average ranked second on the team thanks in part to a career-high 37 walks.
Keeler, a senior, gives the Seahawks additional depth on the corners and at second base and a lefthanded bat off the bench. Keeler is a solid defender at both infi eld positions and showed constant improvement at the plate in the fall.
lead the league in homers. He also knocked in a lineup-leading 48 runs while adding 17 doubles and a triple.
In the mix for the open two spots are sophomore Luke Dunlap, senior As a freshman, Corey Dick helped Micah Jarrett and freshmen Joe Berpower the Seahawk lineup from the tone, along with Abshire and AusDH slot and earned Freshman AllRenvill, a junior, is coming off a tin. Dunlap had just six at-bats as America honors after hitting .302 solid summer in the Valley League, a freshman, but made the most of with eight home runs and knocking in hitting .252 with 12 extra base hits those chances with a home run and 35 runs. He continued to swing a hot for Front Royal. He played both sec- a double. Jarrett played in 17 games, bat over the summer, batting .311 for ond and shortstop over the summer including fi ve starts, before a shoulFront Royal while playing fi rst base. and will be a solid option up the mid- der injury shortened his season. He dle. hit .250 (6-24) with two doubles and On the left side of the infi eld, fresha triple and scored seven runs. man Terence Connelly looks to step in Freshman Andy Austin is primariat shortstop while third base could be ly an infi elder, but showed athleticism Freshman Christian Wolfe made Bass hit a career-high .326 and manned by another freshman in Ste- during the fall in the outfi eld to give strides during the fall adjusting to the fueled the Seahawks from the bottom ven Linkous. Along with Matt Keeler the Seahawks another lefthanded op- game at the collegiate level. Wolfe of the order. He scored 33 runs and and Luis Renvill, LaGrange will also tion off the bench in both spots. is a solid defensive player with plus knocked in 33 runs while stealing 20 be in the mix on the left side. speed. bases in 23 attempts, most among OuTfIELD returning players on the Seahawks. Connelly was a three-year starter CAA home run king Tyler Molinaro Defense is where Bass made his big- at Chaminade (N.Y.), helping the Fly- is the lone returning outfi elder for gest impact, fi elding at a .982 clip ers to the 2011 NSCHSAA title and the Seahawks, who featured a pair of and committing just six errors, lowest top ranking on Long Island. As a fi rst-team All-CAA players in Thomas among starters in the CAA. His 200 senior, he hit .441 with 16 doubles Pope and Andrew Cain, both of whom assists led the league and ranked and stole seven bases. Linkous is a graduated. Pope fi nished among UNthird all-time at UNCW. local product who played at North CW’s all-time leaders in batting averBrunswick and was a three-time 2A age and Cain was drafted by the San Ridge, meanwhile, returns for All-State selection for the Scorpions. Francisco Giants in the MLB draft. his senior season poised to become In 2012, he hit .458 and stole an imthe program’s all-time leader in sev- pressive 30 bases. Molinaro, a third-team All-CAA eral offensive categories. As a junior, selection, belted 16 round trippers Ridge rebounded from a slow start in becoming the fourth Seahawk to INfIELD UNCW enters the 2013 season looking to replace the left side of the infi eld following the graduation of Matt Campbell (3B) and Jake Koenig (SS). While losing that left side, the Seahawks do return Michael Bass (2B) and Hunter Ridge (1B) on the right side. Both were second-team All-CAA selections while leading the Seahawks back to the NCAA tournament.
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Published on Jan 25, 2013