By: Brent Haynes
On Friday night, Impact was on hand to check out two talented teams in NC as Western Alamance hosted Northwest Guilford.
Western Alamance is very talented on the mound and they threw out a trio of good arms Friday night. It all started with KJ Wells (2018, Uncommitted) who got the start for the warriors. Wells sat 85-88 with the fastball and showed good command of a good slider at 77-78. Wells has a funky delivery and really impressed on the night! The next arm the warriors ran out was 6'7 LHP Colby Stuart (2018, East Tennessee State University). Stuart has tons of projection and an easy arm action. Stuart was up to 83 with the fastball and showed a curveball at 69 mph. Western brought in Nathan Landreth (2018, uncommitted) to close the door on the night. The unsigned senior worked with a good tempo and showed a quick arm that produced a fastball that sat 85-88 and flashed a curveball at 72 mph. At the plate the warriors are led by Phillip Cole (2018, NC State). Cole is a strong athletic kid which he displayed by belting a pitch over the left field wall for a 2 run HR tonight. Jake Christman (2018, Elon Football Signee) is a quick twitch player who showed a good swing on the night as he hit a line drive 3 run HR for the warriors.
Northwest Guilford is loaded with young talent. The Vikings gave the ball to Tim Cao (2019, NC State) to start the game. Cao worked in the 86-88 mph range with the fastball and showed the breaking ball at 74. Cao showed the ability to be able to throw the breaking ball in any count tonight and will be a tough arm for the Vikings this year. Hayden Summers (2020, UNC) shows good actions in the middle of the infield for the Vikings. Joey Rezek (2020, ECU) controls the game from behind the plate and gives some juice in the middle in the middle of the lineup. Center fielder Gavyn Byrd (2020, Uncommitted) shows a plus arm from the OF and will be a big part of the middle of the lineup for the Vikings this year.
Overall it was a WINDY but good night of baseball with a lot of talent on the field from both sides! Western Alamance went on to win the game by a score of 8-2.