Kingston 'optimistic' after team's first three scrimmages

Collyn Taylor, GamecockCentral.com
Gamecock Central

One week into fall baseball scrimmages, and the picture is still muddy albeit, a little clearer.

The Gamecocks scrimmaged three times since Friday, wrapping up their first full week of scrimmages Wednesday. So far, Mark Kingston’s been pleased but still says there’s a long way to go in figuring out who will make an impact this year.

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“We’re optimistic in terms of seeing some good things, but I think we have a long way to go in some areas,” Kingston said. “Just overall, the kids are working hard for us, which is what we expect to be normal.”

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It was a typical first weekend of scrimmages with a couple errors scattered throughout the roughly 20 innings the team has played so far. There was only one Wednesday.

So far, Kingston said he’s been pleased with the defense, saying it’s been crisper than most first weeks of scrimmages especially with a few players moving from position to position.

Jacob Olson is trying out right field and the middle infield spots, specifically second base. LT Tolbert is taking reps at shortstop and third base, and he also pitched a scoreless inning Wednesday.

McClendon Sears and Jordan Holladay have played in the outfield and infield at spots. Jake Wright has played in the outfield and pitched twice so far.

“Our defense has been pretty clean,” Kingston said “There’s still some areas where guys need to know where to be and they’re not lining up where we expect it to be done or not quite as sharp, but we’ll get there.”

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It’s still very early in the year with plenty of scrimmages plus all of the preseason left to go for Kingston to figure out which players fit in which spots. Right now, every spot is up for grabs with the majority of the pitching rotation and bullpen empty right now.

Kingston’s optimistic, though, and leaves the first week of scrimmages ready to figure out what kind of team he has.

“We have a lot of still figure out. It’s very early in the process. We have every position to figure out and we have every role on the pitching staff to figure out. We’ve begun that process. That’s where we are.”

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Wednesday stats

Pitching lines

Corey Stone: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 1 K

Hunter Lomas: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Hank Nichols: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 1 K

LT Tolbert: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Rian Haire: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K

Eddy Demurias: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (ER), 1 BB, 1 K

Cam Tringali: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K

Parker Coyne: 1 IP, 1 h, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 1 K

Jake Wright: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (ER), 1 BB, 2 K

Top Offensive Performances

Noah Campbell: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R; LT Tolbert 1-3, 2B; Jordan Holladay: 1-2, 2 RBI, R; 2-2, R

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