CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel head baseball coach Tony Skole has announced the signing of nine future cadet-athletes for the 2022 season. The list includes five pitchers, two position players and a pair of two-way players.
“I am very excited about this recruiting class,” said Skole. These young men truly fit into our culture for Citadel Baseball. Coach Cooper, Coach Lucas and Coach Sabo are to be commended for the outstanding job they did assembling this class. This group possesses all the qualities we are looking for, not only on the field, but off it as well. They are outstanding students. They come from winning and competitive backgrounds and they will be a great addition to our campus and The Citadel Family. It is an exciting time for Citadel Baseball. The future is bright."
Jack Benedict, RHP/MIF, 6-2, 170, Lexington, South Carolina (River Bluff)
Plays for head coach Mark Bonnette at River Bluff High School…went 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA in a shortened junior season…posted a 5-0 record with a 2.03 ERA as a sophomore…voted the team MVP as a freshman…ranked as the No. 20 right-handed pitcher in the state by Diamond Prospects…grandfather, James, played basketball at Providence before being drafted by the Boston Celtics…also plays for the LBC Owls travel organization.
Landon Beverly, RHP, 6-0, 190, Conway, South Carolina (Aynor)
Plays for head coach Chad Sarvis at Aynor High School…two-time participant in the Palmetto Games…ranked as the No. 10 right-handed pitcher in the state by Diamond Prospects…struck out a career-high 16 during junior season…also a member of the football team, helping the Blue Jackets to a regional championship in 2019…member of the National Honor Society…also plays for Evoshield Canes travel organization.
Aidan Cooper, RHP, 6-5, 210, Raleigh, North Carolina (Heritage)
Plays for head coach Thomas Ferrara at Heritage High School…named an Under Armour Preseason All-American for the second consecutive year…made just one appearance as a junior before season was shut down due to pandemic…father, Gill, played football at Western Carolina, while grandfather, Gill, played football at Appalachian State…also plays for Dirtbags travel organization.
Garrett Dill, INF, 6-1, 215, Greer, South Carolina (Greer)
Plays for head coach Josh Smith at Greer High School…two-time participant in the Palmetto Games…rated as the No. 3 third baseman in the state as a junior…earned all-region and all-academic honors as a sophomore…received Silver Slugger award…rated as the best third baseman in the state as a sophomore…garnered all-region accolades as a freshman…started 25 games on varsity as an eighth grader…earned all-state, all-region and all-area honors as a linebacker after finishing with 188 tackles…named the defensive player of the year in 2017…member of the National Honor Society…also plays for Evoshield Canes travel organization.
Will Holmes, LHP/1B, 6-0, 185, Inman, South Carolina (Boiling Springs)
Plays for head coach Jeff Lipscomb at Boling Springs High School…named a Perfect Game Underclass All-American…ranked as the No. 3 left-handed pitcher in the state by Diamond Prospects…ranked as the No. 1 first baseman in the state by Perfect Game…member of the National Honor Society and All A Honor Roll…also plays for Upstate Mavs travel organization.
Chase Loggins, OF/RHP, 6-2, 205, Charleston, South Carolina (Bishop England)
Plays for head coach Mike Darnell at Bishop England High School…helped the Battling Bishops to back-to-back state championships as a freshman and sophomore…ranked as the No. 5 outfielder in the state by Diamond Prospects…also lettered in basketball…member of the A Honor Roll…father, Brent, played on the Montreal Expos rookie development team…also plays for Evoshield Canes travel organization.
Fisher Paulsen, LHP, 6-0, 185, Acworth, Georgia (Allatoona)
Plays for head coach Keith Hansen at Allatoona High School…went 1-1 with a save in five appearances in a shortened junior season…struck out 22 over 12.2 innings, allowing just one earned run…finished 1-0 with 23 strikeouts in 19 innings as a sophomore…posted 2.14 ERA in nine appearances as a freshman…tossed complete-game shutout in Game 3 of the final four state playoffs…ranked as the No. 6 left-handed pitcher in Georgia by Prep Baseball Report…also lettered in football, helping the Buccaneers to state runner-up finish in 2019… rated as one of the top defensive backs in the state of Georgia…also plays for James Beaver on the East Cobb Yankees travel organization.
Matthew Polk, RHP, 6-3, 185, Milton, Georgia (Cambridge)
Plays for head coach at Evan Tieles at Cambridge High School…One of the top right handed pitchers in North Georgia…also plays for Team Georgia travel organization…posted a 1.08 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 39 innings over the summer…brother, Michael, is currently a pitcher at University of Georgia
Wells Sykes, OF, 5-9, 175, Gilbert, South Carolina (Lexington)