As Wayne County Post 11 gets ready to launch its 2019 campaign in two weeks at Goldsboro High School against North Raleigh, Post 11 head coach Adam Pate is hoping to build off of last year’s successful season.
Pate said he wants legion baseball to be a fun experience for the players and the fans.
He and his assistant coaches have been working all year to make legion baseball fun for the entire family.
“We’re trying to make it the best experience we can for kids. We’re getting a new sound system, and we’re trying to upgrade our concession stand, and have some Post 11 memorabilia,” Pate said. “Stuff like that so we can make people buy into our team,”
The second-year head coach has eight players returning from last year’s squad that finished with a 23-5 overall record, claimed the Area I East Division title and advanced to the semifinals of the Area I East tournament before being bounced by Wilson Post 13.
The returning core is joined by a mixture of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and college freshmen.
Pate said pitching would be one of Post 11’s pillars of strength. A total of 13 pitchers are on this year’s roster.
That includes Faith Christian’s Cal Reese, Goldsboro’s Josh Hartsfield, Eastern Wayne’s Ryan Sullivan, Princeton’s Tyler Thompson, and Rosewood’s Patrick Jones.
Last season, Post 11 stole over 130 bases and posted a .357 batting average. This year’s team also can swing the bat.
So far this season Rosewood’s Tanner Capps hit 10 doubles, three triples and three home runs and drove in 45 runs. His teammate Logan Price also hit three homers, while Eastern Wayne’s Sam Rice has drilled four homers.
With talented, skilled players and a deep roster, Post 11 has the potential to make a deep playoff run this season.
Post 11 will play 36 games this season. May 18 against Windsor is Faith Day where church groups get in the game $1 per person, while May 31 is Youth Night. On June 28, Post 11 will travel to UNC-Chapel Hill for a doubleheader against Cherryville.
“We’re playing a bunch of different teams,” Pate said. “We’re traveling to college campuses. We’re playing a team from South Carolina in one of our doubleheaders. We’re playing teams from Wilmington and every team in the West Division of our conference.”
Tyler Daniels (WSSU, College Fr., INF); Blake Gipson (Lenoir CC, College Fr., P/UTL); Christian Yarbrough (Methodist U., College Fr., OF); Case Kermode (WCDS, Sr., C); Colby Miller (Eastern Wayne, Sr., P/INF); Cal Reese (Faith Christian, Sr., P); Ryan Sullivan (Eastern Wayne, Sr., P); Will Albert (Rosewood, Jr., OF); Wesley Case (Eastern Wayne, Jr., P/OF); Tanner Capps (Rosewood, Jr. INF); Luke Davis (Sothern Wayne, Jr., OF); Blake Dilda (C.B. Aycock, Jr., OF); Andrew Fricks (Eastern Wayne, Jr., OF); Josh Hartsfield (Goldsboro, Jr., P); Patrick Jones (Rosewood, Jr., P); Matthew Kornegay (Southern Wayne, Jr., UTL); Tanner Mckeel (Rosewood, Jr., P); Noah Overton (C.B. Aycock, Jr., P); Logan Price (Rosewood, Jr., P/UTL); Will Uzzell (Eastern Wayne, Jr., OF); Rowan Watt(C.B. Aycock, Jr., INF); Will Harris (Rosewood, Soph., P/INF); Clay Matthews (C.B. Aycock, Soph., OF); Logan Merrit (Rosewood; Soph., UTL); Drew Spencer (C.B. Aycock, Soph., C); Tyler Thompson (Princeton, Soph., P): Peyton Wilkins (Goldsboro, Soph., C); Tanner Willman (WCDS, Soph., P/INF); Austin Booth (C.B. Aycock, Fr., P/INF); Braeden Collins (Eastern Wayne, Fr., P/C); Sam Rice (Eastern Wayne, Fr., INF).
11 – Blue vs. Gold Scrimmage; 16 – North Raleigh; 17 – Wallace; 18 – Windsor (DH); 19 – at Wake Forest; 21 – Wake Forest; 22 – at Clayton; 23 – at Wallace; 25 – Edenton (DH); 26 – Pleasure Island (DH); 28 – at Cary; 30 – at Garner; 31 – Wilson.
1 – at Hope Mills; 2 – Clayton; 3 – Wilson (played at Fleming Stadium); 6 – Kinston; 7 – Cary; 10 – Pitt (played at Pitt CC); 11 – Garner 9played at Campbell U.); 13 – at Kinston; 15 – Jacksonville (played at Pitt CC); 16 – Wallace (played at Pitt CC); 18 – Farmville; 20 – at Farmville; 22 – at Ahoskie (DH); 26 – Pitt; 28 – Cherryville (DH) (played at UNC-Chapel Hill).