The Smyrna Middle School baseball team is proving to be quite the feeder program to the high school team as they finished their season 8-1.
The team also won a pre-season scrimmage against Georgetown and a scrimmage against the high school junior varsity team, so in coach Harvey Carrow’s eyes the Eagles are 10-1.
“They improved a ton. They are a great group of kids and they had a really, really good season,” Carrow said. “There’s nothing to hang their heads on for sure.”
From a playing point, there wasn’t much the team didn’t do well. The biggest thing Carrow said the players improved was their hitting; last year they batted .301 as a team and this year the Eagles batted .348 as team. At least five players hit .400 or better.
Jared Gillis finished the season with a .548 batting average to win the team batting title.
Pitching was also a highlight this season especially the team’s no-hitter against Delmar early in the season. Nyair Campbell pitched three scoreless innings while Gillis came in to close it out.
“They didn’t really know it until we sat down the next day at practice to review the game from the previous day,” Carrow said. “Their minds were set on what’s going on in the game.”
Carrow attributes the team’s success at hitting, pitching and defense to the fact the players simply work hard. They work themselves out and push to get better. If the players stay together instead of going off to different schools, baseball in Smyrna could be good for years to come.
“There are times they kick back and have a blast but they bear down and work hard. That’s why they are successful,” Carrow said.
As for next year’s middle school baseball team, there will be a lot of fresh faces as the team is only returning five of 14 players.
“I’m losing a big set of the stars so to speak; there are some really good kids moving on. There’s some kids coming though to step right in behind them and step in just as well as the kids leaving,” Carrow said. “I think next year’s team will be just as good. I have no doubt in my mind it’s possible they could have a perfect season. I’m losing a lot, but I’m gaining a lot of good kids coming through.”
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