PHILIPPI — Despite shedding a gifted senior class that got here inside a sequence victory of advancing to the Class AA state event final season, loads of expertise returns for Philip Barbour this spring.
The Colts went 19-11 in 2021 underneath coach Jonathan Carpenter, falling to Herbert Hoover within the regional championship sequence.
Nick Hamrick, Gage Bibey, Austin Bolyard, Alex Wilson and Braiden Short, who all batted over .300 final season, had been misplaced to commencement for Philip Barbour.
Hamrick was a first-team all-state choice and Wilson a second-team alternative.
The lack of the seniors shouldn’t be solely massive on the plate, however Hamrick, Bibey and Wilson had been the anchors of the pitching employees.
Top returnees again embrace Cody Cooper, Alfred Isch and outfielder Jesiah Matlick, who had signed to play soccer at Alderson Broaddus University.
Cooper and Isch had been honorable-mention all-state selections final season.
Cooper batted .365 with a team-high 34 RBIs as a junior. He will play infield and would be the crew’s ace on the mound.
He went 3-2 in seven begins final yr with a .4.66 ERA and 60 strikeouts.
Isch will play each within the infield and outfield. He batted a team-best.422 as a sophomore with 4 homers, 12 doubles and 33 RBIs.
Matlick, who performed outfield final yr, hit at a .315 clip with 20 RBIs and one homer.
Other holdovers embrace junior Mason Halfin, who performed first base and outfield in 2021, senior Jayden Herron and sophomore infielder Albert Gonzales.
Juniors Ethan Floyd, Jacob Harris and Miles Hutzler additionally noticed varsity time lastyear, together with senior senior Gabe Skidmor.
The the rest of the roster and others within the combine for enjoying time embrace sophomore Landon Wilmoth and freshmen Jackson Wilson, Grant Harris, Nickolas Gonzales, Jacob Gray, Tyler Sisson and Brent Foy.
Matlick, Isch, Herron and Halfin all noticed useful time on the mound final season.
Herron went 2-1 in 4 begins, hanging out 17 in 14 innings of labor.