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Wolfpack seek another postseason appearance
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
April 23, 2014 11:44 AM | 843 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout<br>From left, North Paulding seniors Caleb Bloye, Ryan Fields and Matt Mixon shown here before a game against Woodland-Bartow last Thursday, will aim for the postseason Friday.
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout
From left, North Paulding seniors Caleb Bloye, Ryan Fields and Matt Mixon shown here before a game against Woodland-Bartow last Thursday, will aim for the postseason Friday.
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Last season, the North Paulding baseball team made the state playoffs for the first time in program history.

The Wolfpack have had an even better campaign this season, amassing a single season-record 17 wins through April 17. However, the team also finds itself competing with three others for the fourth and final postseason spot out of Region 5-AAAAA.

Four of North Paulding’s losses this season have come against the top two teams in its region, Allatoona and Rome.

“We’ve played pretty good all year but have struggled finding consistency,” second-year head coach Dennis Jordan said. “We’re having trouble right now facing adversity and trying to find a guy who can step up offensively and on the mound. If you look back at some of the games we’ve lost, they’ve been given away because we didn’t compete at the level we needed to.”

Three seniors, Ryan Fields, Jake Thomas and Austin Goff have led the Wolfpack pitching staff.

“Ryan has been very good for us and consistent while Jake and Austin have pitched well for us at times this season,” Jordan said.

Juniors Trae Major, Ryan Wilson and sophomore Emory Otott round out the rotation.

North Paulding has experienced a youth movement in the infield with freshman shortstop Justin Chauvin, who’s posted a batting average of .340 from the leadoff spot in the lineup, and sophomore second baseman Christian Ryder.

Jordan said senior first baseman Caleb Bloye has “come up with some big hits for us,” while Ben Turner and Daniel Simpson share time at third base.

Senior Matt Mixon has solidified the centerfield position for the Wolfpack while Austin Crowe, Miguel Urbina and Bryce Sperrazza fill out the rest of the outfield.

“We’re trying to build a program bigger than anyone else’s by creating a winning attitude though an everyday work ethic,” Jordan said.

“We want to rise above the mediocre status that used to be accepted here.”

The Wolfpack’s regular season finale against East Paulding on Friday will determine if it makes the postseason for a second consecutive season.

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