CF baseball off to fast start under new skipper Worley

cfbase-worleymugThe Carolina Forest High baseball team faces a season of transition with a new head coach at the helm. But preliminary results show the Panthers are back to business as usual under first-year skipper Joey Worley.

Carolina Forest swept its first three games in impressive fashion at the Loris Preseason Tournament over the weekend, shutting out Marion 11-0, blowing out Mullins 17-2, and defeating host Loris 9-4 in Worley’s coming out party with the Panthers. They face Dillon in Monday’s semifinals for the right to play in Tuesday’s championship game.

Replacing longtime coach Jack Jolly, who won 435 games and turned Carolina Forest into a state power during his two-decade tenure, Worley seems to have the program going in the right direction entering the regular season.

Junior catcher Max Ryerson had a huge day on Saturday, going 5-for-5 with two homers, two doubles and nine RBIs. In Friday’s debut, senior Bryar Johnson started the season they way he ended last year with four strong innings, striking out 11 batters while walking only one and allowing two hits and no runs.

The Panthers open the regular season March 10 at home against West Florence.

Photo courtesy of CFHS Athletics

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