The 2013 Wildcats are out to keep that streak going.
“Blue collar” was the term that came up when Dunwoody skipper Chan English was asked to characterize his ball club.
“It’s just a group of kids that really works hard together,” he said. “They’ve got great team chemistry … they know what it takes to get the job done.”
So far, so good.
The Wildcats are off to a 5-1 start, with impressive Georgia Dugout Club road triumphs over Fayette County
(9-3) and Carrollton (1-0). They went on to top South Forsyth 10-1 in a laugher; then Chattahoochee 3-2 in a thriller March 8 before being upended by Redan a day later.
Dunwoody faces the task of filling the shoes of last year’s graduating class, including starting pitcher Jared Martin, second baseman Jerric Johnson, shortstop Zack Tonner and center fielder James Cunningham.
Still, this season’s roster boasts several impact players who are proving to be capable thus far of easing that burden.
Catcher Charlie Madden, a Mercer commitment, is among the club’s impact players expected to lead by example. Third baseman Will Hudgins is another.
The Wildcats look to be solid on the mound as well, thanks to a pitching rotation featuring a quartet of senior hurlers with starting experience under their belts: Logan Elliot, Ryan Gaines, Eric Yost and Josh Shailer.
English, in his fourth season at the helm, checked the pulse of his team in the offseason and liked what he saw.
Said English: “There are no glory hounds here — if they need to bunt, they’ll bunt.”
“Nobody is trying to put the team on his back,” he added. “It’s just 19 kids working together.”
Look for the Wildcats to stick with their methodical approach to offense.
“We should be more of a base hit team ... we’re probably not going to hit a lot of homeruns,” English said. “We’re very contact-oriented — keep the ball in play, eliminate our strikeouts.”