This year marked the sixth season the Charlotte Country Day baseball team has traveled to Orlando, Fla., for Disney’s Baseball Spring Training tournament.
And this spring-break trip might’ve been the most productive yet.
The Bucs went 4-0 during the sojourn, taking down teams from Louisiana, Mississippi and Pennsylvania.
“Last year, we went 3-1, so our goal this year was to go undefeated,” Country Day coach Mike Hennessey said. “The competition down there was good, and I was proud of the way our guys performed.”
The Bucs twice defeated Covenant Christian (Ala.) – 10-0 in their first game and 2-0 in their third contest of the tournament. They also defeated Exeter (Pa.), 10-3, and Forrest County (Miss.), 9-2.
Country Day was led in Florida by seniors Lee Harrison and William Frazier. Harrison, a shortstop and right-handed pitcher, had three doubles, two triples and four RBIs during the trip. He was at his best in the opening shutout against Covenant Christian, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out 10. For the season, Harrison is batting .550.
Frazier, who’s signed with Western Carolina, was scintillating in the win over Forrest County, a highly regarded Class 4A public school. At the plate, Frazier went 2-for-4 with an RBI. On the mound, the left-hander went five innings, allowing three runs and a walk to go with eight strikeouts.
Junior lefty Tyler Holloway, a transfer from Charlotte Christian, notched the Bucs’ other win over Covenant Christian, while Keisuke Ishikawa was on the mound in the Exeter victory.
Beating Exeter was especially sweet for Hennessey, who has a bit of a connection to the school. Hennessey’s father-in-law, James DiGiacomo, is a former school superintendent in nearby Reading, Pa., and now works as a substitute teacher at Exeter.
“He used to trash-talk me up until the day of the game,” Hennessey said with a laugh.
Hennessey and his wife, Mindy, haven’t had a chance to gloat about the victory to his father-in-law – not yet anyway.
“I’ve been playing it pretty cool,” Hennessey said, “but when I get a chance, I’m going to let him have it.”