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With hard work, jayvee baseball will get better, offensively and defensively

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Members of the HCHS jayvee baseball team are, from left, first row, Shabazz Buster, Dillon Davis, Jackson Dunavant, J.D. Powell, Shaun Perkins, Dylan Newton, Bryan Vicks. second row, Tyler Mabe, Blake Duffer, Christian Worley, Zy’liek Perkins, Luke Fulcher, Dylan Clark. Third row, assistant coaches Steven Smith and Adam Zirkle, Brock Poole, Jared Dawson, Will Wallace, Colt LaRue, Zack Lowery and coach Joey Nelson
SoVaNow.com / March 16, 2017
Pitching and defense usually produce winners on the diamond, and the Halifax County High School jayvee baseball team is showing promise on the mound.

Jayvee baseball is starting, and coach Jody Nelson is pleased with the development of the club so far.

“The returners are performing as expected. Some have shown tremendous growth. Pitching has been a strong point so far,” said Nelson.

Zach Lowery and Jarrett Powell saw time last year and have helped anchor the mound staff so far. But Nelson sees competition throughout the lineup.

“That being said, the freshman arms are putting a lot of pressure on the sophomores and each other; which is a good thing. Any time guys are competing for time, it only makes the team as a whole better,” said Nelson.

“Offensively, its too early to tell. Again, the returners are leading the way in the scrimmage games, and (Luke) Fulcher has started to show himself as a hitter. I think as the season progresses the hitters will warm up more,” said Nelson.

“The most pressing part of the game we need to improve is defensively on the infield. Having young guys assuming roles there, and the necessity for them to play now, is an area we are constantly trying to address,” said Nelson.

“We are a young team with 10 freshmen, but I think we will pitch enough to hold us in games and give us a chance. With hard work, we will get better offensively and defensively,” said Nelson.

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