Day two of North Carolina High School baseball was in full swing and the Impact staff decided to hit the road to the Raleigh area and catch two games. Find out more about the teams we saw below:
Wake Forest High School:
Kahlil Watson (2021 NC State Commit): It all starts at the top of the Cougars lineup with Mr. Watson. Kahlil is a tremendous athlete, who looks the part in between the lines. The left handed hitter is a nightmare to the opposition if he gets on the base path. Kahlil starts with a slightly open stance and shows a violent and aggressive approach. He’s definitely worth the price of admission.
Isaac Williams (2021, Uncommitted): The Junior would prove to be the difference in the game vs the Enloe Eagles on Wednesday afternoon. Not only did he pitch the Cougars to victory, he also made noise with his bat. The Southpaw would throw four complete innings on the afternoon, punching out eight. Williams is a strike throwing machine! Out of 59 total pitches on the afternoon, 41 would be called for strikes. Williams sat 80-82 with his fastball, showed good feel for the 73 mph change up as well, and his slider sat around 73 mph. When watching Williams pitch, one thing you notice is that everything comes out of the same tunnel. You can’t tell which pitch is coming until the last minute. With the bat, Williams shows a good swing from the right side. He has potential to be a two way player at the next level.
Hogan Stallings (2020, Gardner Webb Signee): The Senior hits in the middle of the order for the Wake Forest club. Stallings, who stands 6’4, is looking to drive runs in for the Cougars in the middle of the order. Hogan is a very disciplined hitter, who knows exactly what he’s looking for when at the dish. Stallings will be a big piece to the success of the 2020 Cougars.
Zach Joyner (2020, Louisburg Signee): Joyner plays the hot corner for Wake Forest. Anyone who’s been around Zach has seen the progression he has made in the last three years, which is flat out impressive. The young man has worked extremely hard and it shows on the diamond. In the box, Joyner would show a loose and easy swing that plays! Joyner would have two hits on the afternoon, which propelled the Cougars over the Eagles.
Tommy Martinez (2021, Uncommitted): Martinez would play shortstop and hit leadoff for the Eagles. The Junior shows good actions and range in the middle of the diamond. Watching Martinez take I/O, you can tell he’s the leader on the diamond and knows exactly where to be during relay’s. He is a huge key to the 2020 Enloe season.
Clay Clinard (2021, Uncommitted): The Junior would have a night against the Garner Trojans. Clinard is a strong physical kid, who plays shortstop for the Comets. In the box, Clay looks the part, he does a great job of staying inside the baseball and hitting it where it’s pitched.
Josh Erpenbeck (2020, Rose-Hulman Institute Signee): Would start on the bump for the Comets against the Garner Trojans. Josh would fill up the zone on the night. The right hander showed a three pitch mix with his fastball sitting between 78-80 mph. Josh’s changeup would cause hitters problems all night; he really has feel for the 68 mph pitch and can throw in any count.
Nolan McLean (2020, Oklahoma State Signee): Talk about a packed house at Garner, and it was all to see the crosstown rivalry and also Mr. Nolan McLean. Over 20 Major League Scouts were in attendance to watch the superstar. Nolan, would play shortstop for the Trojans on the night and also hit leadoff. In the box, the 6’3 right handed hitter is special. He has strength and juice to all fields and can leave the yard at anytime. In my opinion, it was a great move by Skipper Derek Goffena to put McLean in the leadoff spot. That allowed the future Cowboy to get as many at bats as possible. If you are a baseball fan and you want to watch a really good high school player, here is your guy! It’s worth the trip.
Bryson Galloway (2021, Uncommitted): Galloway would close the game on the mound for the Trojans. The right hander would sit between 84-86 mph with his fastball and showed a good breaking ball.
Jaxon Lucas (2023, Uncommitted): This was our second time seeing Garner play and the game is starting to slow down for the young freshman at the varsity level. He would play third base for the Trojans and look at ease over there. This will be a guy to keep an eye on for the future.
Jackson Mitchell (2020, Catawba Signee): He gets after it in between the lines! He plays second base for the Garner Trojans and is a spark plug. We have enjoyed watching Jackson play for the last four years and the passion he plays the game with. He will be a big piece of the puzzle over in Garner this Spring.