DP Spotlight: Zach Russell

My name is Zach Russell and I am a 2024 P/SS out of West Ashley High School in Charleston. I am committed to The University Of South Carolina to continue my academic and athletic career. DP: Russell is one of the top players in the senior class who gained college attention in the summer of 2022, this July-August the two-way player grabbed pro eyes… The new DP website is here. For all the great DP content, subscribe. If you have any login/subscription issues, please contact our support team. Your feedback on the new experience is appreciated as well. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

DP Spotlight: Landon Penfield

Blythewood High School’s two-way standout Landon Penfield has been on the prep scene for several years now but has one more season before heading off to The College of Charleston. In this Q & A, Penfield shares thoughts on his past, present & future, enjoy!  DP-Please list any high school statistics of importance, awards won: … The new DP website is here. For all the great DP content, subscribe. If you have any login/subscription issues, please contact our support team. Your feedback on the new experience is appreciated as well.

DP Spotlight: Austin Laughlin

Cardinal Newman senior RHP/LHH Austin Laughlin is following in his dads footsteps and has signed with the Wofford Terriers. He has paved his path though, both on the mound and at the plate. In his DP Spotlight, Laughlin talks of his mentors, family and the 2024 he hopes to experience far beyond his prep experience. DP-Please list any high schoo… The new DP website is here. For all the great DP content, subscribe. If you have any login/subscription issues, please contact our support team. Your feedback on the new experience is appreciated as well.

DP Spotlight: Nolan Alexander

My name is Nolan Alexander and I am a senior at Carolina Forest High School signed to play baseball at Lander University next season. I have been playing baseball ever since I could walk. Growing up I played up two age groups and eventually that caught up to me. I wasn’t succeeding like I had hoped I would, so I asked my parents to let me quit around age twelve. I was so fed up with the sport and I had lost my love for baseball. Since it was during the season, my parents forced me to finish the year and then I could hang up my cleats for good…on one condition, I must play as hard as possible for the rest of the summer. Eventually I found out that if you work as hard as you can and put it all out on the field, you will be successful. Ultimately, I did not end up quitting, instead I found my love for the game again and began to put in the work to become the best player I could be. I am beyond grateful that my parents forced me to play just a little while longer, because I am now fulfilling dreams that I once had as a young kid. DP-Please list any high school statistics of importance, awards won: 2022 All-Region 6 AAAAA, 2022 All-State AAAAA, Perfect Game- April 14, 2022, PBR Player of the Week, 2022 DP First Team AAAAA, 2022-2023 DP Gold Glove Award, 2023 Palmetto Games Tony Osterman Award, 2024 Pro Day participant, 2021-2023 Palmetto Games participant, 2022 South Atlantic Border Battle invitee; GPA 4.85, 2023 DP All-Academic Team, National Honors Society DP-You have signed with Lander, what factors led to that decision? What other schools did you select them over? The biggest reason I chose Lander was because of head coach Jason Burke. I know you are not supposed to pick a school based on just one person, but Coach Burke recruited me differently than any other coach had. I really felt that Coach Burke not only liked me as a baseball player, but he cared about me as a person. Coach Burke has already made a huge impact on my life, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to play for him. A few of the schools I chose Lander over are North Greenville, Newberry and Francis Marion. DP-What is your greatest high school thrill so far? The greatest moment I have had in high school would have to be celebrating with my teammates after throwing a perfect game. Not because I had thrown well that night, but because it brought everyone together – it took everyone for it to happen. DP-What has travel ball done for your baseball career? Travel ball early on allowed me to play a game with my friends for fun, but every year it began to be more about my future. When I was younger, I played travel ball to have fun with my friends and make memories, but these past few years, it has allowed me to play in places all across the east coast and has ultimately helped me continue to pursue my dreams of playing college and hopefully professional baseball. DP-You had a very active summer season, what were some highlights? Playing for the Diamond Devils the past few summers was a great experience. I was able to play with other talented players across our state. Over the summer, we all became great friends which made winning that much more fun. The tournament in Nashville was my favorite because we were able to walk the streets of Music City and I was able to celebrate my no-hitter with them. DP-Who are the three toughest hitters you have faced? The toughest hitter by far would have to be PJ Morlando, but I’m sure that doesn’t shock anyone. The next two toughest would have to be Caden Reeves (Chapin) and Bradleigh Wohlers (Flo-Dar). DP- Who are the top 3 underclassmen that you know? Peter Mershon (Eastside C), Jachin Davis (Stratford UTL), Banks Alexander (Carolina Forest C) DP- What are your top baseball trips/experiences?  12u Cooperstown Tournament (2018), Preseason tournament sophomore year (Gilbert), Throwing a Perfect Game at Carolina Forest (2022), Summer tournament in Nashville (2023) and throwing to my little brother in the Fall League All-Star Game at Coastal Carolina (2023). DP-What do you think your teammates thoughts are on the attention from colleges/pro scouts that you’ve gotten? The majority of the team doesn’t say much about it, just that they enjoy playing in front of them, but my best friends pick on me for it, nothing crazy. DP-A successful 2024 for your high school team is: Winning the region would be a huge accomplishment for us, we are super young this year. DP-What anxieties do you have about entering college? I am not worried about college, I am looking forward to it. DP-What is the toughest adjustment you expect after high school on and off the field? Living apart from my family for sure. DP-Tell us why you believe you’ll succeed beyond high school in this game: I want to be the person that my younger self dreamed of being. DP-What areas of your game do you need to work on the most to improve before you hit the college practice field? The biggest thing I want to work on is to finetune my mechanics to get the most out of my body, and of course gain as much velocity and movement as possible. Increasing command is always a plus as well. DP-What is the biggest crowd you’ve ever performed in front of and where? Either one of the Palmetto Games I pitched in or opening day at the IP Classic. DP-You have a had some really enjoyable experiences this summer and beyond. Describe what you liked most: Winning in different stadiums around the country. I like seeing the city and what there is to do there, but winning never gets old. DP-Diamond Prospects was …

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DP Spotlight: Sean Rouse

DP Q&A – Lander Signee: My name is Sean Rouse at Sumter HS. I was born and raised in the small town of Mayesville, South Carolina. I have been playing baseball since before I could remember. My dad took me to batting cages once when I was almost 2 years old and I fell in love with it. I realized I had an immense love for the game of basebal… The new DP website is here. For all the great DP content, subscribe. If you have any login/subscription issues, please contact our support team. Your feedback on the new experience is appreciated as well.

DP Spotlight: PJ Morlando

Our Q&A today is arguably the most decorated player in South Carolina history headed into his final prep spring. He has checked every imaginable box before his senior year, except one and he discusses that topic below. Summerville’s PJ Morlando has been a ‘must-see’ prospect for a while, from adoring little leaguers all the way up to scouting … The new DP website is here. For all the great DP content, subscribe. If you have any login/subscription issues, please contact our support team. Your feedback on the new experience is appreciated as well.