By Jarrod Harris
Times West Virginian
Those are the words the East Fairmont High School boys’ baseball team have been waiting to hear since a loss last season against Fairmont Senior in the Class AAA regional finals.
This season, East will be without two ace pitchers and offensive leaders in Seth Corwin and Joseph Casalinuova.
“That was a huge loss for us as far as offense and defense,” East Fairmont head coach Rob Barrett said. “Both of them played extremely well for us. Both of them were our No. 1 and No. 2 pitchers. So we lost our 1-2 punch. We have to scramble around and get that back. We’re hoping we can get a good mix of pitchers with our team and that will get us through every game.”
Although the two big guns are gone, there are a handful of seniors ready to step up and replace Corwin and Casalinuova as the new leaders on the team.
“We’re seeing leadership from everybody,” Barrett said. “It’s not just one or two people individually — we’re really coming together as a team. With me preaching attitude and effort to them, it’s going to be OK. We’re going to be good.”
Those senior leaders?
Leading the way is a possible first team Class AA all-state front-runner in Cutter Atha.
“Last year, Cutter hit around .357,” Barrett said. “I’m going to try to get him to the next level. He’s a hard worker. He’s been a pleasure to coach for my four years here at East Fairmont.
“He started the season out on fire, and as the season progressed he didn’t get the right breaks. But he was one of our top performers for us.”