RCC Eagles are Ready for a Strong SeasonJan 29, 2018
RCC’s men’s baseball team is well-prepared to begin a strong season with 13 returning players, 8 transfer student-athletes, and a class of 11 true freshmen. The Eagles finished the 2017 season 17-24-1 and were ranked 8th nationally at one point near the end of the season.
In the preseason, the Eagles scrimmaged Division 1 JUCO University of South Carolina-Lancaster, University of South Carolina-Sumter, Greensboro College and Montreat College.
Team Captains, selected by the team through a voting process, are Caleb Henderson (INF), Hunter Lowery (INF/RHP), Jehu Zarate (INF/RHP), Chayce Aldridge (OF), and Austin Huss (RHP) will lead the team.
Henderson was named First Team All-Region during a solid freshman season and will continue in the position of infielder. Lowery was named to the Second Team All-Region as a pitcher and to the All-Defensive Team during his freshmen season where he played third base, shortstop, and pitcher. As a freshmen, Zarate had a record breaking season with a batting average of .404. In addition, he was named to the Second Team All-Region. Aldridge was redshirted last season and will play centerfield this spring. Huss led the Eagles in innings on the mound during the last season.
Key transfer student-athletes for the Eagles are Gavin Taylor, Wingate University; Brandon Mock, Guilford College; Cejay Chaparro, Danville Community College; Zack McGinnis, Catawba Valley Community College; Christian Ruff South Georgia State College; and Tim Smith, University of Connecticut-Avery Point.
Eagles key returning pitching staff for the 2018 season are sophomores Robbie Robledo (RHP), Dalton Binkley (LHP), Chase Revier (RHP), Garrett Ward (RHP), and Hunter Lowery (RHP).
Keep an eye out on the diamond for key freshmen Walker Joyce (RHP), Michael Connelly (OF), Lucas Tipton (OF), and Weston Kerley (RHP/INF).
The Eagles 2018 coaching staff is led by Reece Honeycutt. Additional coaching staff for the season is Will Greene, pitching coach; Andrew Meadows hitting coach; and Colson Everett, student assistant.
Admission to all games is free for the public. The Eagles travel to Guilford College for a doubleheader on Feb. 3-4. Both games begin at 1:00 p.m. The Eagles will be at home on Feb. 10 as they face GTCC for a 12:00 p.m. game.