East Fairmont is in the same boat as the Huskies — the Bees’ squad is young but ready to prove people wrong.
While tallying a 13-14 record, East Fairmont knows what it feels like to win and be successful.
This knowledge of winning creates a thirst for success for both the team and Coach Rob Barrett.
The Bees lost Seth Corwin and Joseph Casalinuova last season — two players who hit well above .400 and supplied power and pitching. Without their presence, the Bees were left with four seniors to guide the ship Corwin and Casalinuova started.
Taking the reins in the hitting department were seniors Cutter Atha and Easton Jimmie alongside junior Truman Weese.
“We had some young players this year that filled in their shoes, not only on the mound but also hitting and on the field,” Barrett said. “Cutter hit around .400 for us and Jimmie was our leading hitter. He hit .420 and was clutch for us all year.”
The Bees began the season with a sloppy start, but they managed to string along win after win, which resulted in six wins in a row.
The run began April 26 and ran through May 1. They powered past Liberty, 6-2, swept a doubleheader against powerhouse Petersburg, and then pounded Grafton and North Marion.
The North Marion and East Fairmont baseball programs are amped for next baseball season.
North Marion is losing just one senior in Caleb Lee, while the Bees are losing Justin Schmidt, Cutter Atha, Easton Jimmie and Tony Hayes.
That means both teams will have experience heading into the 2014 high school baseball season.
Experience is crucial for the 3-23 Huskies. Coach Vic Seccuro is gunning for his freshmen, sophomores and juniors to step up their game and lead by example.
“We’re not only young, but our players were unexperienced,” Seccuro said. “You’re only talking a handful of kids that got playing time last year. Maybe four-five kids out of the whole bunch saw some playing time last year.
“I believe that, along with the strength of our schedule, was probably too much for us this year. I could have toned the schedule down a little bit, but I chose not to do that. I’ll continue to do that next year because we want to keep the rivalries going against the better teams.”