Neal middle finishes banner season, 13-2

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Courtesy photo
The W.S. Neal Middle School baseball team pose after its win over Pensacola Christian. Pictured on the team from left-to-right; (front row) manager, Dominick Stancil, Tyler Brooks, Jordan Tolin, Dakota Rose, Alex Alvarez; (second row), Konnor Wood, Zack Currier, Tristian Simpson, Gavin Leggett, Cole Driskell, and coach William Shell; (back row), book keeper, James Carroll, Nathan Pate, Walker Hoomes, Jordan Sims, Langham Parr, Coach Chuck Phillips, Jordan Crane and Sam Bosarge.

The W.S. Neal Middle School baseball team finished its best season in recent years with a 13-2 record. The Eagles closed out 2017 with a 5-3 win at Pensacola Christian on March 23.

Eleven-year head coach Chuck Phillips said its one of the best seasons he’s been a part of, in part due to leadership from the older players on the team.

“We had really good leadership from our returning players,” Phillips said. “This team improved dramatically from a year ago. This is a close-knit group and I think that reflects on the kind of success we had this season.”

The team had a combined .390 batting average. Leading the pack was eighth grader Sam Bosarge with a batting average of .711.

“I’ve never had a player with as high a batting average for a season as Bosarge,” Phillips said. “He had an incredible season at the plate. “

Other players with stellar seasons at the plate were Jordan Sims (.452), Jordan Crane  (.543), Gavin Leggett (.375), Tyler Brooks (.375), and Langham Parr (.429).

Phillips said team defense was strong this season and the pitching was very good.

“Our leaders on defense were Gavin Leggett playing shortstop and Connor Wood,” Phillips said. “They did very well defensively. Pitching we had Jacob Crane and Jordan Sims who led us on the mound.”

Crane finished with a record of 4-1. Sims had a 4-0 record. Other winning pitchers on the mound were Bosarge (3-0), Walker Hoomes (1-0), and Leggett (1-0).

“I’m very proud of this bunch,” Phillips said. “It was a special season.”

Serving as assistant to Phillips was first time assistant coach William Shell.