By: Gary Randall – September 21, 2022
Wrapping up Week #2 (of 6) games for dp Greater Rock Hill garnered a first look at four league teams yet unseen this fall. Clover HS was set in GPS for a two-fer night of baseball. Head Coaches for the teams were Mel Wearing, Stas Swerdzewski (say that last name four times fast) and the hospitable host Hank Wofford.
Coach Mel (just a little guy, ha, ha) is well known in these parts for his coaching in youth baseball and, in particular, his ability/instincts for teaching hitting. Coach Stas I scouted as a player at Winthrop U, saw coach at Nation Ford and is now the successful leader of a quality program at Catawba Ridge. In 2021, the Copperheads finished 22-8 and lost in the District Championship. Coach Hank, I believe led his Blue Eagles to their best season in some time notching an impressive 26-4 overall record and lost in the District Finals.
Before moving onto the other items, I must interject here that when DP shows up in the Clover HS press box to cover the action on the field, there are times when there is more action in the press box than on the field. Absolutely nothing against what’s happening on the diamond, just that the “crew” that congregates from above and behind home plate for the second game is quite entertaining, helpful and involved. Thanks guys for the camaraderie.