The LaGrange Academy Warriors have some new faces this season.
The Warriors, who fell to Flint River Academy on Friday, have a fairly deep bench this spring, something they haven’t had in past years.
“We’re excited, because we’ve got a lot of kids come out that haven’t played maybe in a couple of years,” said Brandon Lybrand’s LaGrange Academy’s first-year coach.
Among those players are brothers Chase Wardlaw and Daniel Wardlaw, standouts on the basketball team.
“There are some kids that haven’t played, and they’re real excited about being back out here,” Lybrand said.
With Friday’s 9-1 loss to Flint River, the Warriors are 1-3 overall, and they’re 1-1 in GISA Region 4-AAA.
“We just got our basketball kids back probably about two to three weeks ago,” Lybrand said. “It’s been them getting back into hitting. That’s the biggest setback right now is hitting the ball, and just getting our timing down. It’s going to come. It’s a slow process right now.”
One of the veterans on the team, Chris Keating, got the start for the Warriors on Friday, and Lybrand said he threw well.
“He’s a junior, and the reason why I started him is because he has that experience,” Lybrand said. “He was ready to go. He pitched great. I can’t fault hm. He pitched a gem. Unfortunately, our defense had a little let-down and we let some unearned runs cross the plate.”
Lybrand has taken over the program from Korey Noles, who is now the pitching coach at Troup.
Lybrand knows the players from his time as a substitute teacher at LaGrange Academy, and he’s excited about the opportunity.
“Hopefully we can get the program where we all want it to be,” Lybrand said.