Making up half the roster, South Fulton’s senior class looks to man the helm for this year’s baseball team.

Making up half the roster, South Fulton’s senior class looks to man the helm for this year’s baseball team.


Tyler Shutter, Quinton Pilger, Cole Lannery, Taylor Hammond, Justin Parks, Dallas Malott, Andy Hollenback and Brycen Dean all have seen some varsity playing time, and first year head coach Brad Shawgo is relying on that leadership to make an impact on the 2019 season.


“These guys will play a major role in our success this year,” said Shawgo.


Coach Shawgo is no stranger to baseball, having played all four years in high school. Shawgo has coached one sport or another for the past 10 years, including six years in youth baseball.


“I have been around South Fulton sports for sometime now,” said Shawgo. “I know most all of the guys having been a defensive coordinator for football the past six seasons. I feel that my experience and rapport with the players will be key moving forward.”


Shutter returns as the only All-Conference player from last year’s team. Shutter looks to carry a big bat for the Rebels, bringing in a .352 batting average, including nine extra base hits from last season.


Pilger also shined at the plate with a .308 average, while getting it done defensively as South Fulton’s catcher.


Lannery, Hammond and Parks assumed pitching responsibilities in 2018, teaming up for 27 strikeouts, and Shawgo will rely on the trio to take over on the mound again.


Hollenback and Dean bring to the table situational experience, combining for 15 hits and six RBI’s in their 68 appearances at the plate as juniors.


After taking a year off, Malott is back in the fold, looking to make an impact anywhere he can on the team.


Garrett Spires, Ronnie Krukewitt and Dylan Connor make up the junior class, and can multiple positions. Krukewitt did get a little taste at the varsity level his sophomore season.


The fresh-soph members of the team consists of just five players. McKade Brooks was exposed to varsity time as a freshman, driving in four runs in his 32 at-bats. Brooks also took to the mound, recording 23 strikeouts in his 14 innings of work.


Levi Palm and Zach Skiles, along with freshmen Renden Reimolds and Lance Boggs will be getting their fair share of playing time as the season progresses due to the limited roster.


“With only 16 players, everyone will be involved and asked to do different things,” said Shawgo. “Fortunately this group has experience with small rosters, not just for baseball, but other sports as well, and understands that being asked to play different positions is crucial to team success.”


Shawgo has every intention to make South Fulton baseball a winning program again, but knows it is a process that just doesn’t happen overnight.


“Our goal is to get better with every opportunity,” said Shawgo. “We talk about this everyday in practice and it is something I believe that is in direct correlation with success. If someone can take advantage of every opportunity to get better and keep moving forward, whether it be practice or a game, the team as a whole will benefit.”


Coming off a record of 1-9 in the South Division of the Prairieland Conference, Shawgo knows the work he has ahead of him, and how strong the league can be.


“There are several good teams in the conference,” said Shawgo. “I want our ball club to be the one that other teams have to pay attention to, and not look past. We will have to earn that respect, but with hard work and dedication, I believe we will be competitive and battle every inning.”