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Derrick Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Chapel Hill senior Savontae Williams will be looked at to help the Panthers on both the mound and at the plate this season.

Several returning players are looking to pick up where they left off last season in leading their teams.

If these players can put together another solid season, their teams stand a chance of doing well against some tough competition.

Here are some players to keep an eye on this season:

Ira Dorin, Lithia Springs: Last week, the senior signed with Div. II Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. A three-year starter, the shortstop will be counted on for his leadership as the Lions try to turn things around. Last season, he hit .385 to lead the team.

Jacob Earley, Alexander: The senior first baseball was sort of an unsung hero for the Cougars last season. While many of the team’s upperclassmen grabbed the highlight, Earley consistently produced for the playoff team. He hit .341 with 21 RBI and 11 doubles.

C.J. Fehribach, Alexander: The senior did just about every thing for the Cougars last season. He because the ace of the staff after the projected starter struggled with an injury last season. Fehribach was named the county pitcher of the year after compiling a 6-2 record with 35 strikeouts. He was also solid at the plate.

Gavin Harmon, Alexander: The catcher was giving credit in helping solidify the Cougars’ pitching staff. He was solid with 105 put-outs with a .981 fielding average. He also produced at the plate with a .291 average with a pair of doubles.    

T.J. Siekermann, Chapel Hill: A two-sport athlete for the Panthers, he played multiple positions last season. He was the team’s leading hitter with a  .308 with 16 RBI last season. Only a junior, he will also see some action on the mound.

Savontae Williams, Chapel Hill: A senior pitcher that will be counted on to lead the pitching staff again. He is a three-sport starter in football and basketball in addition to baseball. He hit .209 with 10 RBI and scored eight runs.

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