Wayne County Post 11 head coach Adam Pate is going to be losing a few players for several days.
Seven players, Goldsboro’s Josh Hartsfield, Eastern Wayne’s Andrew Fricks, Charles B. Aycock’s Drew Spencer, Southern Wayne’s Luke Davis and Rosewood’s trio of Logan Price, Tanner Capps and Will Harris were selected for the Region 2 squad that opens play against Region 5 this afternoon in the 2019 Powerade State Games of North Carolina baseball tournament.
UNC Charlotte, BB&T Ballpark and Central Cabarrus High School are all playing sites for the five-day showcase.
“We’re a well-rounded team from Wayne County,” Region 2 head coach Michael Taylor said. “The three guys from Rosewood have got the late playoff run experience. Spencer is very versatile. He’s mostly been behind the plate, but he can also play in the infield. Davis is one of the top hitters in that 3-A/4-A Conference. Then we’ve got Fricks, who is a versatile left-hander.
“I like what Hartsfield did for Goldsboro this season and especially what he’s done for the American Legion team, so he’s going to be a big asset for us as well.”
Rosewood’s Jason King, North Brunswick Dustin Medlin and Parrott Academy’s Robert Kravitz are serving as assistant coaches.
Region 2 is made up of 13 counties, and a small part of the Outer Banks.
Taylor and his assistants selected the 20 players who are vital to the team’s success.
“We had about 70 guys try out for the team,” Taylor said. “Myself and my coaching staff, we selected the team. We’ve got kids from the Wilmington area, kids from Midway High School, two kids from Parrott Academy and from New Hanover that just won the state championship.
“It’s just a matter of putting the pieces together.”
Rosewood reached the NCHSAA 1-A State Championship series for the first time in school history. Price, Capps and Harris all played a pivotal role for the Eagles, which won the Carolina 1-A Conference regular-season championship and finished the season with a 23-6 overallrecord.
Hartsfield helped lead Goldsboro in its first playoff appearance in decades and finish 11-11 overall.
An outfielder, Davis posted a .370 batting average for the Saints, while Spencer finished the season with a .980 fielding percentage.
One of the Warriors key contributors, Fricks, hit .308 and went 5-3 on the mound with a 2.46 ERA.
The Warriors finished with a 15-10 record and reached the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
Region 2 opposes Region 5 at 1 p.m. on Thursday and concludes bracket B play on Saturday against Region 3 at 10 a.m.
The runner-up in each bracket will play in the bronze medal game (third place), while the bracket winners square off for the gold medal game.
“This is an opportunity for these young men to get looked at by colleges, and that’s the name of the game,” Taylor said. “Our job as coaches is to try to put them in the best situation so they can have success.”