The Chiefs finished last season 2-24, but they’ve already matched that total of victories in the first two games of the 2013 season — topping Woodstock 10-7 and Cherokee 7-6 during the opening week.
Coach Joseph Jones attributes the success to the hard work and maturation of his players, eight of whom were just sophomores last season. The Chiefs returned 10 players.
“It’s great to get a couple wins early,” Jones said. “I have to give our guys coming back credit. They worked really hard in the offseason, and it seems to be paying off for them. They’ve come out of the gate pretty hard.”
Sequoyah’s strength lies with pitching. Of the 15 players on its roster, 12 pitch. Most are position players, but having them to use on the mound can’t hurt, Jones said.
“Hopefully, we have enough pitching,” Jones said. “So far, they have done well on the mound.”
Leading the group will be Evan Ezell and Jacob Cagle, while newcomers Tyler Holmes and Chandler Smith will bolster the team. Cagle plays shortstop, outfield and pitches, while Smith, a senior who moved into the community, also pitches.
Jacob Weems threw four innings in the team’s opener against Woodstock, while Preston Barnes had a solid outing at Cherokee
Sequoyah shifted regions between seasons and is now in Region 7AAAAA, in a subregion that includes Creekview, Northview, Cambridge, Forsyth Central and North Springs. In the other subregion are Riverwood, Sprayberry, Kell, Osborne and Pope.
Jones expects the competition to be fierce.
“I see it being pretty tough top to bottom,” he said. “We are in there with some of the Cobb and Fulton County schools. Then, we have (Forsyth) Central and Creekview back from our region last year. It should be pretty good.”
Through much of the 2012 season, Sequoyah was unable to score many runs. According to Jones, when the players made contact, they were hitting the ball directly at fielders, or not getting timely hits.
Already this season, the Sequoyah batters are bucking that trend.
“We’ve had some timely hitting with guys on second and third,” Jones said. “Last year, we just didn’t get the job done. This year, it looks like it is going to shape up pretty well.”