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12 — Goldsboro News-Argus Friday, March 10, 2017 Wayne Country Day • CHARGERS HEAD COACH: MICHAEL TAYLOR • CPIC 1-A • 2016 RECORD: 12-7-1 News-Argus/CASEY MOZINGO The 2017 Wayne Country Day varsity baseball team PLAYER POS. YR. 00 Mitch Turnage U Sr. 1 Case Kermode U So. 2 Ryan Hopes IF/OF Jr. 5 Zac Barfield OF Sr. 10 John Strickland U Sr. 12 Avery Browning OF So. 13 Amane Godo IF/P Jr. 15 Jack Talton U Jr. 18 Tanner Willman IF/OF 8th 19 Caleb Brewer U So. 20 Cole Brewer IF Jr. 21 James Thompson OF Jr. 22 Jonathan Bryan IF Sr. 24 Ryan Smith U Jr. RESULTS DATE OPPONENT March 7 Grace Christian March 10 Ridgecroft March 11 Coastal Christian March 16 Community* March 18 at Parrott March 18 Lawrence Academy^ March 21 John Paul II* March 24 at Community* March 28 Terra Ceia March 30 Lawrence Academy March 31 Wayne Christian* April 4 at John Paul II* April 5 at Greenfield* April 10 at Rosewood April 13 at Wayne Christian* April 20 Grace Christian# April 21 Kerr-Vance# April 22 Statesville Christian# April 27 at Oakwood April 28 Greenfield* May 1-4 CPIC Tournament END OF REGULAR SEASON ^ — at Parrott Academy * — CPIC 1-A games # — Charger Classic 2017 SCHEDULE 2017 ROSTER Encourages SPORTMANSHIP AND PRODUCES SCHOLARS Come Join Our Team! Call 919-736-1045 for an appt. today A Pre-K through 12 College Preparatory Independent School 31DCT0317J© WAYNE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL MITCH TURNAGE CLASS OF 2017 "A 5 year Charger Baseball Vet!" By RUDY COGGINS rcoggins@newsargus.com Framed photographs of previous Wayne Country Day baseball teams hang in Michael Taylor's office. One particular picture draws the most attention. It's the team shot, cele- bration photo and story from 2007 when the Chargers won the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1-A state champi- onship — the lone title in program history. "Do you still talk to those players, coach?" they ask. Taylor smiles. "We either talk on the phone or text," he said. Then Taylor channels, unknowingly, his inner Robin Williams. His zealous diatribe is a flashback to "Dead Poet's Society," the block- buster movie about an all-boys' school that Williams takes by storm with his unique style of teaching and his relation- ships with the students. Those previous players to don a WCDS uniform stare back at you in silence. Travis Davis. Trent Langston. Sam Steed. Kyle Pender. Kevin Herring. Ryan Ford. Kevin Logan. Ben Strickland. Spencer Briggs. Ryan Ford. Cameron Ford. Tyson Pearson. Hil Tanner. Cody Neal. Cole Davis. They — along with their teammates (too many to mention) — lived by the phrase "carpe diem." Inspired by their predecessors and carrying the torch as suc- cessors, they each seized the day. Every group established a set of stan- dards and left its own legacy that has helped define Charger baseball as it is today. The 2005 squad claimed the program's first-ever playoff win with Taylor in the dugout. The 2007 group set the single-season record for wins (23). The 2012 team emerged as the state runner-up. Tradition has bred suc- cess for the red and blue. "That's one thing I tried to instill in 2003 when I first came on board," said Taylor, who has guided 10 of his 14 teams to either the elite eight, final four or state championship. "I guess you can say there really wasn't a tra- dition when I came. I wanted to instill a cham- pionship-quality team year in and out. Our number one goal every year is the playoffs and that's something I learned from Coach (Charles) Davis at Aycock." The next set of Charg- ers is led by four seniors — John Strickland, Mitch Turnage, Zac Barfield and Jon Bryan. The quartet has been part of the varsity scene since their middle school years. They've shown growth, maturity and leadership on and off the baseball diamond. But those char- acteristics didn't truly surface until they experi- enced Taylor's wrath after a scholastic league game. The foursome just lolly-gagged all evening. "No leadership. Nothing. We had a 'come to Jesus meeting,'" Taylor said. "I can't say what was said. They knew I was ticked. They knew it was time for them to grow up. (They've) been a tremendous asset to this program. "The guys look up to them. They feed off of what they do." Strickland, Turnage, Bryan and Barfield have amped up their respec- tive skills during presea- son practices. They've taken extra BP (batting practice in the cage), fielded ground balls and hit off the tee. Each is a utility player and is expected to play numerous positions in either the infield or out- field this season. They'll serve as the shining beacons to 10 underclassmen, including eighth-grader Tanner Willman — who may step into a middle-infield role for the Chargers. "Those guys have been out there every day, work- ing hard, encouraging the younger guys and just putting (together) the foundation," Taylor said. "Those four seniors that I have this year are special. They've seen us get to the championship series, and they've seen us struggle when we were young. "They have set high expectations for them- selves this year." Eventual state champ Oakwood eliminated WCDS from the playoffs a year ago. Taylor's four seniors are itching to win a state title. The younger play- ers must follow their lead and embrace their responsibilities on a daily basis. In other words, carpe diem. 1700 Tarboro Street, Suite 205 Wilson, NC 27893 Walk-ins Welcome Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Welcoming new patients To schedule an appointment, call 252.399.5304 today. No matter your age or whether you're an athlete or spectator, our orthopedic staff at Wilson Regional Orthopedics is committed to helping you back to the activities you love. We participate in most area health plans, including Cigna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medcost and Tricare, among others. We also accept Medicare and Medicaid. Specialties include: Martin Senicki, D.O. Getting you back in the game. • Arthroscopy and sports medicine with an emphasis on knee and shoulder surgery • Joint replacement • Fracture management • Carpal Tunnel Release (CTR) • Other general orthopedic procedures • Workers' Compensation Lawrence Yenni, M.D. Current players plan to add own legacy to CPIC program ■ Photos of former WCDS teams provide inspiration.

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