Carrollton, GA – With only six seniors departing from the 2018 campaign, the West Georgia Wolves have a solid nucleus returning for next baseball season. The addition of a top recruiting class will only increase the optimism for next year’s team.
Head coach Skip Fite appears to be well on the way to having that top class as UWG has announced the signing of seven recruits for the class of 2018. This group joins a trio of very promising junior college players added during the fall recruiting period.
Five of the new signees come to UWG following outstanding junior college careers. One is a familiar name: catcher Dan Oberst. He signed with West Georgia a year ago out of Indian River (Fla.) State College, but did not attend due to injury. Now healed, Oberst is set to enroll at UWG in August.
Three other juco recruits are pitchers. Alex Holdbrooks, a Villa Rica native, is a right-hander who comes to the Wolves after posting a 5-3 record this season at Georgia Highlands College. Newnan native Sawyer Steele from Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College is headed to the Wolves. Steele notched three saves and posted an impressive 2.30 ERA in 2018. The other juco hurler is a lefty, Cason Greathouse. A product of prep power Columbus High School, Greathouse posted a 2-1 record with 3.80 ERA last season at Northwest Florida State.
The other juco prospect is third baseman Drew Haywood, a native of Columbus who attended East Georgia State. Heywood batted .308 with four homers and 39 RBI during the 2018 season.
Also on the UWG signee list is a pair of top high school players from Alabama. Left-hander Brody Syer of Oxford High School, and pitcher/infielder Brody Wortham of Randolph County High in Wedowee will enroll at West Georgia this fall.
This group joins a trio of top junior college prospects signed by West Georgia last November. That group includes pitchers Taylor Boisclair and Cory Barholomew, and outfielder Jermond Williams. All are headed to West Georgia from Gordon State College and all had impressive seasons for the Highlanders in 2018.
Boisclair led Gordon with six wins, had a solid 3.43 ERA, and pitched a team high 78.2 innings in 2018. Bartolomew posted a 5-3 record and a 4.08 ERA, while Williams ripped a team best 11 home runs as Gordon finished the year with a 32-24 record.
UWG completed its 2018 season with a record of 21-18 and an appearance in the Gulf South Conference Championship.