TBS gears up for baseball playoffs in Holland’s last season

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Even with a three-game winning streak ending, The Burlington School baseball team realizes it’s no time to flinch. The Spartans are ramping up for the state playoffs that begin early next month.

“We have to win a few games to go in to playoffs on a winning streak,” catcher Landon Parker said. “Defending the title, I’m excited for that.”

The Spartans are the two-time defending Class 2-A state champions in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association.

It was easy to look ahead after TBS (10-7) had a ragged outing in Monday night’s 11-0 loss to Wake County HomeSchool at Burlington Athletic Stadium.

“It seems like every year we have one of those games and it has got us going,” coach Chad Holland said.

This will be Holland’s final season with the TBS team. The former Graham coach is stepping aside as the only coach the Spartans have ever had.

He said there’s no reason to dismiss the possibilities entering the next few weeks.
“We’ve had ups and downs,” Holland said. “I like what we’ve done, just our experience and how hard we work.”

Parker said the Spartans want to see Holland, 48, reach the 150-win mark combined between Graham and TBS. He began his week with 145.

TBS trailed 1-0 through four innings behind Kaden Parker’s pitching Monday. Wake County HomeSchool (16-7) scored four in the fifth and six in the seventh, while the Spartans were limited to two hits.

Next Thursday, the Spartans meet Burlington Christian Academy at Davidson Park.

BCA has been in a good stretch, improving to 13-3-1 with Monday’s 22-0 rout of visiting Great Vision Academy at Davidson Park in a three-inning game that included two home runs for Anthony Valdez, who drove in six runs, and a long ball for Lofton Gonzales. Danny Primm had four hits and joined Nathan Rose with three runs batted in.