Thursday, January 26, 2017

Palmetto State Baseball 2017 preview: USC Salkehatchie

Answers provided by USC Salkehatchie coach Charles "Bubba" Dorman. The Indians begin their season at home Saturday vs. traditional NJCAA power Walters State from Morristown, Tenn.

PSB: After what you saw in fall workouts, what are your team's prospects for the 2017 season?

BD: USC Salkehatchie had a good fall season. We competed well against a few other Junior Colleges and some travel teams. We seem to be strong defensively.

PSB: What are your biggest areas of concern entering the 2017 season?

BD: Our biggest concern is the depth of our pitching staff. We have a hand full of guys that can fill up the strike zone and will compete, but the depth is lacking.

PSB: In what areas does your team appear to be improved from the 2016 season?

BD: Hopefully we will improve upon our hitting ability and the ability to finish things in 2017.

PSB: Based on fall workouts, which returnees from 2016 (including redshirts) look best prepared to play a bigger role in 2017?

BD: Returners from 2016 that we are counting on to have success on the mound in 2017 are Jon Yarbrough (Socastee), Will Gee (Jefferson Davis Academy), Hunter Hernandez (JF Byrnes), Christopher Hitchman (Cane Bay), Ethan Keane (Wando), Justin Bradshaw (Lewisville), Jonathan Bowman (Cane Bay) and Zach Quinn (Cold Spring Harbor, NY).

Jonathan Wright (Greenwood) at SS, Caleb Talton (Airport) at 1B, Benny Trefsgar (Irmo) at Catcher and Josh Litchfield (Ashley Ridge) in Center Field are returners defensively and offensively that we are depending upon to lead us.

PSB : Based on fall workouts, which newcomers are most likely to contend for major roles in 2017?

BD: Based on the fall season, Freshmen that will play a big role in 2017 are Robert Lewis (Calhoun Academy), Pitcher, Nate Timms (Palmetto), Pitcher, Chase Ferguson (Abbeville), Pitcher; Asher Smith (Stratford), Catcher; Hagen Mott (Holly Hill Academy), 3B; Joey Allen (Airport), Brian Smith (Thomson, GA), and Cody Adams (Saluda) in the Outfield. Rod Dobbs (Strom Thurmond) Infielder, could also play himself into a role as the season progresses.

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