Showtime for Charlotte County

Published 12:49 pm Wednesday, March 20, 2019


It’s that time of year again! High school baseball season is here, and spring may not have arrived yet, but we trust that it’s on its way.

The arrival of baseball season in Charlotte County is always exciting because the county has proven time and again that baseball is one of its specialties.

We could go back many years, but just in the three years that I’ve had the opportunity to cover the varsity Statesmen, they have been consistently excellent.

In both 2016 and 2017, then-Head Coach J.R. Allen led them to overall records of 20-3 and each time, they advanced as far as the regional tournament semifinals.

Present Head Coach Josh Barmoy kept the team’s winning legacy strong and vibrant in his first season, leading the 2018 Statesmen to a 17-5 overall record, which includes a postseason run that once again took the team as far as the regional semifinals.

Four players from that squad made the 2018 All-James River District first team: pitcher Skylar Lacks, shortstop Jackson Harding, outfielder Jordan Jones and utility player Carter Strickland.

The team is pressing on this year without Harding, Jones and Strickland, all of whom graduated, but Lacks, now a senior, helps lead another promising roster.

Randolph-Henry opened its season last week with a big win and a narrow loss. The Statesmen topped visiting Bluestone High School 7-0 on March 12 and then fell 2-0 to host Park View High School, of South Hill, on Thursday.

I’d encourage you all to support the boys by watching them in action. They host Amelia County High School on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Titus Mohler is the sports editor for The Charlotte Gazette and Farmville Newsmedia LLC. His email address is Titus.