2023 Spring Preview: Wilmington High School baseball


With eight returning starters, the prospects are high this season for the Wilmington High School baseball team.

“We have talent, we have the most lefties, maybe in the state, we just have to buy into each other and the plan that will get us where we need to be,” said second-year head coach Austin Newman. “I love these guys and want more for them. They deserve it.”

Wilmington was 3-19 in Newman’s first season as the head coach. This year, Newman will be assisted by Billy Foster, Brian Tolliver and Shane Walterhouse.

Jayden Tackett was first team All-SBAAC last season.

“He is your gritty guy who lays out in practice, wants the team to buy into ‘team first’ mind-set,” said Newman. “He is willing to do whatever is needed to get our program where it needs to be.”

Sam Nichols (.359 average) was second team. Jake Stephens was given honorable mention last season as a freshman. Ethan Henson, who graduated last spring, was second team All-SBAAC.

Newcomers of note are Talan Oberlin, Josh Tolliver, Alex Massie, Keenan Milliner, Bryson Platt and Brady Tolliver.

In all there are 12 returning letterwinners to 2023 Hurricane baseball. Tackett, Alex Massie, Stephens, Josh Tolliver and Keenan Milliner have taken leadership of the program, hoping to get back to the top of the SBAAC American Division standings. Wilmington’s last league title was in 2016. Before that, the last championship was in 1987, Newman said.

“The odds are against us and no one believes we can change this program so we come in daily with a chip on our shoulder,” said Newman. “We have grit, we have toughness, we just are working toward putting it all together and not focusing on the outcome but the journey.”

Newman said his squad has already faced plenty of obstacles in its quest to reach the top.

“We have battled some of the toughest setbacks such as real life adversity, not just baseball adversity,” he said. “To me, that’s how you become the best person you can be and we strive for that daily. It is not always pretty and it takes consistent daily habits but we won’t give up.”


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