Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Cane Bay High baseball team needed a strong finish to the 2013 regular season in order to earn a fifth consecutive trip to the state playoffs.
Shane Todd’s Cobras overcame a 3-8 start by winning three of its last four region 7-AAAA games and ended up with a second-place region finish, thus earning a spot in the AAAA lower state playoffs.
The season, however, came to an unfortunate end as the Cobras were eliminated in two games, ending the 2013 season with a 10-14 record overall.
Cane Bay will lose eight seniors from this year’s team, including six full-time starters. The team’s strength defensively this season was a veteran outfield of seniors Justin Shelton, Davon Higgins and Blaine Peck. The other two full-time defensive senior starters were second baseman Cody Blewer and first baseman Brian Coleman.
Senior right-hander Austin Timm proved to be the team’s ace on the mound this spring, posting a streak of 19 1/3 scoreless innings late in the season to help secure the playoff berth. Timm, who also worked behind the plate, is headed to Florence-Darlington Tech next fall.
Senior left-handed pitcher Taylor Corliss was effective as a starter during the season, while senior Bobby Downey provided depth at first base and as a designated hitter.
Despite the loss of seniors, the Cobras should be competitive again in 2014. Juniors B.J. Thompson (third baseman), Trey Burdette (shortstop) and Jacob Page (second base) proved to be key offensive players during stretches of the season.
Freshman Cameron Rozal took over the catching position late in the year and shows great promise behind the plate. Along with Thompson and Burdette, the pitching staff will return three solid left-handed pitchers - junior Cody Maw, sophomore Billy Detyens, and freshman Tanner Coleman.
The varsity will get additional help next season from several junior varsity players, and the school’s first B-team was 7-3 during the spring.