FORT MILL — If there is one thing the Fort Mill American Legion Post 43 team should have this season, it’s pitching.
The team is coming into the 2013 season, which starts this week with games against Lancaster and Clover, with a new head coach in Tom Skula, who has served as the assistant coach for several seasons. He was promoted to head coach after former coach Erik Baddeley stepped down at the end of last season.
Post 43 also has a new assistant in former Nation Ford player Steve Simpson, who played his college ball at USC-Sumter.
Some of the talent Skula is counting on is the team’s pitching staff, led by Nation Ford hurlers and Erskine College committees Josh Corley and Tyler Borland.
The team also has solid pitchers in Chris Cash and Mike Regan from Nation Ford, as well as Fort Mill pitchers Jesse Horine and Jake Windham.
“We look pretty good,” Skula said.
“I think we have the deepest team since I have been coaching. We have a good mixture. We got a lot of young guys, but we got upper classmen as well.”
Post 43 should also have some hot bats in players like Fort Mill High’s Jaden Savage, Brett Netzer and Josh Turner.
The team is also looking to some young talent in players like Connor Brown, Tristan Broome, Connor Mull, Kody Flynn and Dalton K. Helms, not to be confused with the Nation Ford quarterback with a similar name.
The team is coming off a 7-11 record and a first round sweep in the playoffs at the hands of Greenwood in 2012.
Post 43 will have 12 League V games against Lancaster, Clover and Rock Hill legion posts, as well as out-of-league games against Mint Hill and Dallas, N.C.