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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The 2013 Richmond Spartan baseball team has a tough act to follow. Coach Brandon Quick’s Spartans are coming off one of the best years the program has ever had as they racked up an 18-3 record. Along with those wins also came the first MRVC East and district championships.
The season ended with a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Savannah in the Sectionals as the Savages marched to a third-place state finish.
Quick begins his 10th year guiding the Spartan baseball fortunes and knows the toughest task will be replacing a senior class that included all-state players Kyle Carroll and Jake Stafford.
“The biggest loss of this class graduating is that they threw the majority of innings last year and we will spend part of this season filling that need,” Quick said.
However, Richmond still brings some quality veterans back to the diamond this spring.
Junior Reid Summers returns to the infield, along with seniors Jimmy Hamm (infield/pitcher), Matt Stafford (catcher), Andrew Nolker (outfield), Alex Nolker (outfield) and Dakota Hayward (third base).
Quick likes the competition for positions on the roster.
“We really don’t have any positions defined yet,” he said. “This should lead to great competition early in the season.”
The Spartan coach also believes his team has the commitment and hard work in them to help make up for the lack of experience at some of the key spots.