During an interview with Coach Dan Kerr at QGHS, he stated he is optimistic about his young Stallions this upcoming season. The team looks solid up the middle with senior John Orlowski doing the catching behind the dish. He is much improved defensively and is expected to provide additional power in the lineup. Mickey LaForgia, a transfer from Hargrave Military Academy, will probably be in the lead-off spot in the batting order and is expected to play a steady shortstop. He is a big effort kid, said Coach Kerr. Kevin Corley will be in center field, a speedster with good range covering the outfield, another transfer from Hickory Grove. He is expected to hit in the 2 spot or at the bottom of the batting order to maintain speed in the lineup to apply pressure on their opponents defense.
Other key contributors mentioned by the coach include Spencer Smith, an outfielder who offensively has a good bat, Dillon Stout, a real steady influence at first base, and a strong freshman class of nine solid players who are expected to make a significant contribution to this teams success.
The pitching chores will be placed on two key starters’ shoulders this year. Senior Noah Richter will be the number 1 starter in the rotation. He is consistent, has good ball movement and gets outs. Number 2 in the rotation is junior John Orlowski who throws hard with a real good changeup. The remaining spots in the rotation are up for grabs with lots of competition to fill all the remaining spots in the rotation and bullpen. Pitching depth provides the most concern for Coach Kerr; however, the situation creates an opportunity for players on the staff to step-up and make a major impact.
The Stallions biggest strength is their solid lineup. This team is expected to score runs and may be the best team offensively since 2012. Also, this group is strong defensively in all positions and especially up the middle. This is also the first year the Stallions have their own home field, which psychologically and mentally gives the team an emotional boost and familiarity. “The new stadium should hopefully create an environment where we develop a home field advantage, that we will protect our house,” said Coach Kerr.
The Stallions will be playing in the Uwharrie Athletic Conference, and their two toughest competitors are expected to be North Stanly and South Stanly. The coach anticipates his boys will be extremely competitive in the conference. The Stallions will open up against Myers Park and Lake Normal Charter both non-conference games to start the baseball season.