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Louisa Lions baseball prepared to go far

Posted on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 8:00 am

Senior Aaron Szalankiewicz catches a pitch during a warmup at Monday’s practice.

If you suddenly have a craving for peanuts and Cracker Jacks, that’s because baseball season is upon us once again.

The Louisa Lions are entering the 2017 season in pretty good standing. Of the 15 players on the varsity roster, nine of them are returning, including seven seniors.

Cale Agee, Wayne Butler, Ethan Fletcher, Dakota Hall, Alex Hurley, John Reynolds Jr. and Aaron Szalankiewicz are all gearing up for their last season as Lions.

Reynolds, for one, has high hopes for the season.

“I hope we can make it to the final four and maybe win states,” he said. “We’ve got the meat of the team back. We’ve got guys who can really play with the glove and guys who can get runs on the board and put our team in a spot to win.”

Also returning to the varsity lineup are juniors Lliam Grubbs and Tristan Shaw. Rounding out the team are six rising JV players. Juniors Kyron Butler, Tyler Early, Austin Nicholas and Bryant Taylor, and sophomore Kiano F’Eo are all players that Coach Kevin Fisher is hoping will contribute this season.

“I’ve got a really good group of guys,” Fisher said. “Obviously, we have a lot of fun, but when it’s time to go to work, they go to work.”

To read the entire story, see the March 16 edition of The Central Virginian.