FLORENCE, S.C. — The Florence-Darlington Tech baseball workforce will discover itself in each acquainted and unfamiliar environment this weekend.
The Stingers (46-11), contemporary off their second straight Region 10 Tournament championship, make the trek to Bel Air, Maryland, for the NJCAA East District Tournament hosted by Harford Community College.
It can be new environment for positive, however Tech is within the East District Tournament for the second straight season — and the Stingers have already confronted all three of their potential opponents.
The tourney kicks off Friday with Harford taking up USC Sumter at midday whereas FDTC will face Monroe College at 3 p.m.
Preston McDonald’s squad cut up a pair of video games with Monroe all the way in which again in February. Flo-Dar additionally cut up a four-game sequence with USCS earlier than Monday’s title sport victory, however dropped two video games towards Harford in early February.
“We were missing, I think, four or five starters that weekend,” McDonald mentioned of Harford. “But they had been positively one of many extra proficient groups we confronted all spring.
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“… (Monroe) is always a very disciplined, scrappy group of guys and they’re definitely going to be a challenge for us. And then you’ve got USC Sumter. They’re not going to be intimidated by us. We went 3-2 against those guys this year, but they took two in a row from us during the weekend.”
The two greatest keys to getting again to Grand Junction, Colorado, and the NJCAA JUCO World Series will merely be getting extra of what they’ve gotten all 12 months — good pitching and powerful hitting, McDonald mentioned.
“We’re going to have to get a good start on the mound,” he added. “That’s where it all starts. We’re going to have to grind out at bats and see if we can get into some bullpens and obviously continue to play like we have been, with maybe a little bit better defense (than Monday).”
Nathan Williams, the Region 10 Pitcher of the Year final season, has been out for a couple of weeks coping with an damage and isn’t accessible for the time being to take the mound for the Stingers. In his place, Landon Mills (10-1, 2.45 ERA, 71 Okay, 22 BB) and Austin Windham (9-2, 3.92 ERA, 54 Okay, 15 BB) have offered a robust 1-2 punch on the high of the rotation.
Trent Simmons (4 SV, 2.18 ERA, 33 Okay, 7 BB) and Landon Gaddis (7 SV, 1.95 ERA, 48 Okay, 12 BB) have additionally given McDonald a pair of key arms in the back of the bullpen to spherical out a pitching employees with a 3.87 workforce ERA.
That’s complemented by a really potent FDTC offense that’s averaging 8.9 runs per sport this season. Tech is batting .324 as a workforce and slugging .520 with a mixed 62 dwelling runs.
Brayden Davidson leads the way in which in that division with 16 dingers (and 69 RBI) whereas Noah Stout has added 10. Stout has additionally been coping with an damage, however McDonald hopes to get him again this weekend.
What makes the lineup particularly harmful is the depth. FDTC has 10 gamers hitting .300 or higher and 11 with 15 or extra RBI. Stout, Tre Williams, D.J. Sullivan, Scott McDonough and Dylan Johnson have all pushed in at the very least 40 runs this 12 months as properly.
“That’s what it’s all about,” McDonald mentioned. “When you have depth in your program, you have other guys that step up and that’s what happened (at the region tournament).
“…I think that’s only the third time since I’ve been here that a team has won the regular-season and region titles in the same year. And we’ve done that back-to-back years, so that’s something to be proud of, but we’re looking forward to the next challenge this weekend.”