The Piedmont Athletic Conference baseball tournament couldn’t come at a better time for the Lake Norman Charter Knights, said coach Chris Detweiler. The Knights (12-6, 7-1 PAC entering a Thursday tournament game with Grace Academy) used a balance of youth and experience to tie for first in the league standings with Lincoln Charter.
Six seniors grace Lake Norman Charter’s first-ever senior class roster, and Detweiler said having seasoned players in the program made a difference during the regular season. Outfielder Beau Brilhante, one of the Knights’ six seniors, paced the team with a .500 batting average in the regular season along with 16 RBIs. Fellow senior Zech Wiggs, a pitcher and outfielder, led the Knights with six home runs in the regular season and also finished with a 3.23 earned-run average.
“Those two guys did a lot for us, as did the whole senior class,” Detweiler said.
He added that the emergence of freshmen Grayson Hunt and Clark Coey gave the Knights a formidable roster heading into the postseason.
“Hopefully with what we have, we can make states this year,” Detweiler said.