The Bradwell Institute baseball team will be coached by Rhett Hellgren this season. Hellgren had previously coached the Tigers from 2007 until 2013. His son Jeff Polk took over the team from 2014 through last season.
Hellgren said he is excited to be coaching the team again and added the season outlook seems bright.
“We have been working extremely hard this year on the basics,” he said. “We are behind in baseball knowledge and trying to catch has been a slow process. But I could not be more proud of how the kids are working. They are coming out there with a great attitude and a willingness to listen and learn.
Hellgren said he has several seniors with varsity experience in Logan Howard, Nick Corwin, Hunter Ray and Jonathon Adams.
The coach noted he also had returning juniors Daiton Pass, Isaac Lakin and Mason Tiner.
Hellgren said the games will come down to his pitching rotation. His varsity pitchers this season include Pass, freshman Jaylin Frasier, Corwin, Howard and Tiner.
“If we throw strikes and let the opposing team put the ball in play - we will be fine,” he said. “We cannot give up walks. When we walk people, the fielders become complacent and on their heels and that leads to errors.”
The team was set to start their season this week hosting McIntosh County Academy Monday and playing Savannah Country Day on Tuesday. The Courier will post the scores and stats from those games as soon as they become available.
“I truly believe this is a going to be an exciting new year for Bradwell baseball,” Hellgren said. “We are not known for being competitive in baseball, but I think we will shake some heads this year.”