Pirate Comings and Goings

As the fine line of the 2013 season ending and the 2014 campaign beginning intersects, the Chattahoochee Valley Baseball Team had some player movement this past week, with a handful of outgoing sophomores signing with four year schools while Coach Thomas put the wraps on the 2014 recruiting class.

Outgoing sophomores Ty Abbott, Tim Massengale, Matt Nettles, and Chris Laye all secured their baseball futures, while Coach Thomas garnered the signatures of ACC transfers, John Holland of Florida State University and Jake Maziar of Wake Forest University.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATy Abbott, a graduate of Milton High School in Milton, GA, is headed to Georgia Gwinnett College.  Abbott, the Pirate right fielder, was one of the top run producers in the ACCC this season while hitting .382 with 16 doubles, 6 homers and 48 RBI’s.  Earlier this month, Ty was named first team All ACCC and first team All Central Division.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATim Massengale, a graduate of Northside High School in Columbus, GA signed with Columbus State University.  Big Time Timmy Jim was simply one of the top third basemen in the country during 2013.  Massengale was rock solid on the hot corner and was one of the top offensive infielders in the ACCC.  On the year, Timmy hit .330 with 17 doubles, 4 triples, a homer, and 38 RBI’s, while swiping 9 bags.  Massengale was named to the ACCC Central Division first team, as well.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMatt Nettles, a Northside-Warner Robins product, has inked his deal with Georgia College and State University.  Nettles missed the entire 2013 season after breakin his arm and having season ending surgery in January’s pre-season practice.  However, as a freshman in 2012, Nettles hit .303 with 3 doubles and a league leading 4 triples to pace the Pirates at the plate.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChris Laye, a graduate of Calloway High School in LaGrange, GA is headed to LaGrange College.  In limited duty, Laye slugged .600 for the Pirates with a pair of triples and homerun in 2013.

HollandJohn Holland, the younger brother of former Pirate third baseman Ryan Holland, has decided to transfer to CVCC after seeing significant playing time as a true freshman on FSU’s 2012 World Series team.  Holland was forced to sit out the 2013 campaign due to season ending back surgery, but will be 100% by the time fall practice rolls around.  Holland is a shortstop and will help fill the void of an entirely vacated infield in 2014.

Jake Maziar, a Wake Forest transfer, enters CVCC after missing the 2013 campaign due to a medical redshirt that came from off season knee surgery.  Maziar looks to be the heir apparant to recently drafted firstbaseman, Nick Jones. The left handed Maziar will also see some time behind the plate and along with Holland will add some serious punch to the Pirate offense in 2014.