Baseball and softball seasons underway at Manteo High School

By on March 20, 2024

Manteo High School Varsity baseball team has kicked off its season. (Photo credit: Left Field Photography)
Manteo High School Varsity softball team 11-6 victory over Cape Hatteras on March 7. (Photo credit: Left Field Photography)
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By Joel Diaz | Outer Banks Voice
Photos by Left Field Photography

As spring returns to the Outer Banks, baseball and softball season has also returned to Manteo High School.

Under the leadership of fourth-year head coach Zack Alexander, the Manteo High School Varsity baseball team has kicked off its season. With a current record of 3-5 and a 1-1 conference standing, the team is coming off an 11-6 victory over Holmes on Friday, March 15. They are now gearing up for their next challenge against cross-town rival First Flight on Tuesday, March 19, at 6 p.m.

Coach Alexander told The Voice that, “We are still a little young with only three seniors, including a first-time varsity starter behind the plate who has emerged as a leader during the preseason.‚Ä̬†¬†Alexander further highlights the roster’s versatility, stating that, “We have a first-time starter at third, return our all-conference shortstop, and our second baseman, Wyn Wheeler is a senior who has started every game at Manteo High School.”

Alexander also emphasizes the team’s strength in pitching, with a diverse group including five lefties and three righties, providing flexibility on the mound. He notes that “This may be the most pitchers and versatile group I’ve had.” Despite a demanding schedule featuring tough non-conference and competitive conference games, he predicts a season filled with close matchups.

The Manteo High School Varsity softball team is led by head coach Chad Leary. With a record of 2-5 and 0-2 in conference play, the team recently took an 11-6 victory over county rival Cape Hatteras on March 7.

As the team prepares to face crosstown rival First Flight on Tuesday, March 19th at 6 p.m., Coach Leary cites the team’s youthful energy, stating, “We are a very young team overall this year. There is quite a bit of talent and potential, though.”

Key players, including seniors Syd Ballance and juniors Bridgett Berry and Brooklyn Creef, are expected to lead the team with their experience and leadership. With a deep pitching staff and solid defense, the team plans to meet the challenges set by its tough schedule and grow throughout the season.

 



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