Meridian Star


May 20, 2014

Enterprise falls to Taylorsville

ENTERPRISE —     The Enterprise High School baseball team's season has come to an end.

    After making a run at the South State championship, the Bulldogs were eliminated Sunday following a Game 3, 11-1, loss at the hands of Taylorsville High School.

    "We struggled early on throwing strikes," first year Enterprise coach John Welch said. "They got up big on us early, and they're good on the mound.

    The Tartars took Game 1 of the series, 11-1, but the Bulldogs rebounded to win Game 2, 3-0, and force a deciding Game 3.

    "Taylorsville is a really good ball club, Welch said. "They are the defending state champions and had seven returning starters."

Yet the Bulldogs (25-9-1) have plenty to be proud of this season in Welch's first season at the helm.

    After enduring difficult seasons in 2012 and 2013, in which EHS posted a combined record of 16-32, including a 4-18 mark last season, Enterprise reached postseason play for the first time in three seasons.

"The first meeting we had as a team, I told the kids this year we wanted to lay a foundation," Welch said. We wanted to build the program back to where it had been."

    Welch certainly accomplished just that, establishing a wining attitude evidenced by the team’s 8-2 record and second place finish in District 5-2A.

    "I asked (the players) to build a foundation, but we built a house," Welch said. "We built a house in a year, but we didn't put the roof on top the house like we wanted. But we were able to do so much more than what people thought possible."

    Welch will have his hands full next season wIth the departure of seven seniors (Daniel Alwell, Brady Bilelo, Jason McCutcheon, Ben Moore, Garrett Moore, Wesley Robinson and Brandon Whitaker).

    "The hardest thing for a senior to accept is a whole new coaching staff in their last year," Welch said. "But they all completely bought in and helped lead this program."

    Yet the players returning are more than capable of leading EHS back to a South State appearance and beyond.

Among key players returning are senior-to-be pitcher/first baseman Garrett Glenn, who compiled a 7-2 record and a 1.31 earned run average to go along with a .327 batting average.

    Additionally, junior-to-be Noah Pogue will help lead the Bulldogs on the mound.

    "I'm so excited about the future," Welch said. "We have a lot of kids returning. We started a sophomore (Sunday) on the mound (Pogue) that ended up being 9-3. I don't know many teams that have a sophomore as good as him.

"We started five of six sophomores throughout the season and we just played them. They made some mistakes this year, but they gained a lot of confidence along the way."

    Thanks in part to the confidence gained this past season, expectations are briskly on the rise for a program looking to make a mark in the years to come.

    "We have set the expectations high for this program and they are right where I want them to be," Welch said. "I want them to be high. I want people to expect us to win the division every year, and I want people to expect Enterprise to go deep into the playoffs and back to the South State championship."

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