Hey y'all! Skip's Soldier here. New to the boards and excited for the upcoming season.
I'm a big SCIAC Baseball fan, but even a bigger fan of Chapman baseball and what Coach Laverty (or Skip as some of the players call him over there) and the Panthers have in store for 2017.
The team is looking pretty good even after losing Freshman All American Konnor Zickefoose to D1 UCI and a few of the veteran leaders from last years team like Connor Williams and Christian Gazdar.
The team is expecting both Tyler Cook and John Wiehe to be healthy for the season after missing last year with injuries. Both Wiehe and Cook were All SCIAC players in 2015 and should bring a lot of spark into the Panther offense this season.
The guy with the most upside and potential in the lineup in my opinion is Center Fielder, Conner Larkin, who quit football to focus on baseball and has been taking lessons with MLB stars, Hank Conger and Mark Trumbo's hitting coach. He's a dynamic player that is about to pair his raw athleticism with the fundamentals and technique of honing in his swing.
Skip thought the team was a little too tentative at the plate last year so he implemented a new approach of "hit hit hit" this fall and it is an exciting approach to the season. I fully expect the Panther offense to be electric in 2017 under Skip's wing.