Likely the best pitching prospect in the Apollo Conference will be on full display this weekend. Mahomet-Seymour’s senior pitcher Blake Wolters has committed to Purdue University and has started this season very strong. Many Apollo coaches thought the Bulldogs could go from worst to first this season. Charleston, winners of five of six games, will look to upend the Bulldogs in a road game.
Here is a preview of Saturday’s game.
Team Records: Charleston (5-1, 2-1) @ Mahomet-Seymour (8-2, 4-0)
Where: Mahomet-Seymour High School
School Size: Charleston (796), Mahomet-Seymour (943)
First pitch: 11 a.m.
Opponent’s History: Nic DiFilippo, in his 12th season, is 243-112-2. Mahomet went 11-13 last year with a 1-7 mark in the Apollo Conference. Under DiFlippo’s leadership, the team has won 20 games or more five times and two Regional Championships.
Mahomet-Seymour’s Past Results: The Bulldogs started the year by scoring a combined 50 runs over Tolono Unity, PBL and Danville. That was followed with a 1-0 loss to Teutopolis. The team’s other loss was to Effingham St. Anthony 6-2. Mahomet started the conference season with two blowout wins over Lincoln, followed with an eight-inning 5-3 win over Effingham before blowing the Hearts out 9-0 in the second game.
Mahomet-Seymour’s Top Players: Senior Blake Wolters has committed to Purdue University. First-Team All-Apollo selection Chase Wagers is back, too, making Mahomet-Seymour the only team with two returning First-Team conference.
Mahomet-Seymour’s Team Stats: Wolters leads the team at the plate with a .548 batting average. Brayden Smith also owns a high average at .542. Wolters is 17 of 31 with 19 runs scored, 10 doubles, one triple, two home runs, and 14 runs batted in. Carter Selk owns 10 hits and 12 runs batted in to make one potent offense. On the mound, Wolters owns a 0.31 earned run average in 22.1 innings pitcher with just six walks to 47 strikeouts. Zach Courson is 4-0 record with a 2.80 earned run average and 22 strikeouts in 15 innings.
Charleston’s Past Results: Charleston belted Decatur Eisenhower 14-0 on Monday. After that, the team defeated Lincoln 4-3 in a conference game on Tuesday.
Charleston’s Team Stats: Kendall Pankey has a .667 on-base percentage through four games while he and Colin Patterson were hitting .545. Patterson has driven in nine runs.
What Mahomet-Seymour Said: “Nice to hear that many think we can win the conference,” said DiFilippo. “I know every team in the Apollo is solid with great starting pitching and, usually, any team could win. Charleston usually has great starting pitching and solid defense. They have always played us tough and we expect nothing less than that. We expect them to come out and attack us, and we will have to be ready.”
What Charleston Said: “Mahomet pitching will pose a challenge because it is hard to replicate in practice,” said CHS coach Daniel Bennett. “We crank our pitching machine up, but it’s not the same as seeing live-arm pitching. Our kids will have to be ready against a team that is undefeated in the Apollo. We have really good hitters, good pitching, and a quality defense so I am excited for the challenge.”