By LeeAnna Tatum
Enterprise Staff Writer
Head Baseball Coach Andy Yanzetich has reason to be cautiously optimistic about next year’s baseball season. Last season, the team finished seventh in the final rankings and made it to the elite eight for the first time in 50 years.
Though a number of seniors, including Kyle Vliet and Wyatt Sapp who signed letters of intent to play baseball at South Georgia State, will not be returning next year, the Tigers will still have some talented veteran players to lead the team. “We’ll miss a couple of our seniors and the leadership they bring. But we have a lot coming back,” Yanzetich said.
Some of those returning players include All Region third baseman Austin Beasley; All Region shortstop Dalton Cameron, an upcoming junior; All Region pitcher Derick Hollingsworth, an upcoming senior; and All Region closer Jacob Barrow, also an upcoming senior.
Also joining the regular rotation of pitchers will be upcoming junior, lefty Andes Kicklighter. “He (Kicklighter) pitched JV and came on and pitched one inning in a state playoff game. He had a successful JV year,” Yanzetich explained. “He has pitched all summer ... he’s done pretty good. He’s going to help make a difference.”