North, South kick off county season
Monday, April 08, 2013 10:01 PM
The Southmont Mounties and the North Montgomery Chargers square off tonight in the first county baseball game of the season. The Mounties stand 1-0 on the year after handling Faith Christian on the Friday before break. The Chargers have yet to open their regular season, but looked strong in a scrimmage at North Putnam.
The Paper file photos by Lori Poteet
ABOVE: Brinton Sieferman is a senior leader for the Chargers
BELOW: Logan Stewart will make the start for the Mounties in the county lid lifter.
"We are super excited to just get out and play," said Charger head coach Matt Vorhees. "What better way to start the season than with Southmont."
Mounties skipper Jamie Welliever was equally excited to get back on the field after a week's lay off. He said that they would start the same lineup as they did against Faith Christian, but expected the game to flow a little differently.
"We had 18 guys play against Faith Christian, but with junior varsity playing as well we'll only take 13 guys to North," explained Welliever. "We had the benefit of having a seven run firsts against Faith, so we were able to do some things that we wouldn't normally do."
Logan Stewart will take the hill for the Mounties in what will be his second start of the season. Mitch Rice is slated to get the start for the Chargers. Voorhees explained that Rice got the nod over Bryce Woodall for no specific reason and that he has confidence in both hurlers. Woodall will start on Thursday.
Both coaches said that defense will be a focus against the county foe, and that the environment will be fantastic.
"With the rivalry both teams will be hyped up and there will be a great atmosphere," said Vorhees.
"It's a county game," added Welliever. "It doesn't take much to get excited about a county game."
First pitch is set for 5 p.m. on Tuesday at North Montgomery and at the same time on Thursday at Southmont.