MOUNT BERRY, Ga. – Berry College head baseball coach, David Beasley, has announced the 14 newcomers to his team for the upcoming season. "This is a very talented class," Beasley said. "When we combine this group with our returning team, we should have a quality squad. Our goal is to take a step forward in our conference and the national picture. We feel like this team has that opportunity."
Brief bios of the newcomers can be found below:
(OF/P, 5-11, 180, Newnan, Ga., East Coweta High School)
Helping his team to three Sweet 16 state playoff appearances, Gaddy joins Berry after hitting .321 with 21 RBI's and five stolen bases in his senior season. Also a scholar athlete honoree, Gaddy is undecided on his major at Berry. He is the son of Lisa and Marcus Gaddy.
(OF, 5-11, 175, Roswell, Ga., Lassiter High School)
A two-sport athlete also competing in football, Huie joins the Vikings after hitting .345 for his career at Lassiter High School. He was a three-year letter winner and an All-Region selection in 2016. Huie also brings a strong academic background to Berry, earning 2017 Marietta Daily Journal Scholar Athlete honors. He also helped his team to the 7A Region Playoffs during his junior and senior seasons. The son of Tracey and Brian Huie, Zach plans on majoring in civil engineering with a minor in mathematics.
(INF/P, 6-1, 185, Dacula, Ga., Hebron Christian Academy)
Leading his team to three consecutive state playoff appearances including two runner-up finishes, Johns joins the Vikings after a strong career at Hebron Christian Academy. He hit .375 for his career with eight home runs, 71 RBI's, 99 hits, 58 walks and 20 doubles. As a pitcher, he posted an 8-2 record with a 1.94 ERA over 65 innings pitched. A two-time team MVP, Johns was an All-County and All-State selection during his senior year. The son of Cory and Scottie Johns, Spence is undecided on his major.
(P, 6-2, 230, Burbank, S.D., Vermillion High School)
Making the long trip from South Dakota, Mount will join Berry after an impressive career from the mound at Vermillion High School. He posted a 9-1 career record over 98.2 innings pitched for a 1.31 ERA. He fanned 112 batters during his tenure while walking only 34. Mount led his team to a Regional Championship and a runner-up in the state playoffs during his career. An All-State selection, Mount also earned Academic All-State honors in football and basketball. The son of Dolores and Jeff Mount, Billy plans on majoring in history.
(OF, 5-10, 172, Dunwoody, Ga., Dunwoody High School)
Helping his team to two state playoff appearances, Romeo was a two-time All-County Golden Glove Award winner in addition to earning two Player of the Year honors for Dunwoody High School. Posting a .341 batting average and .987 fielding percentage during his career, Romeo led his team in home runs during the 2015 and 2016 season. The son of Jill and Mike Romeo, Evan plans on majoring in finance.
(C, 5-11, 190, Sarasota, Fla., Cardinal Mooney High School)
Posting a .323 career batting average with 123 hits and four home runs, Shanahan joins the Vikings after a strong career at Cardinal Mooney High School. He was named an All-Area selection during his senior year including a Defensive MVP honor. Shanahan plans on majoring in biochemistry. He is the son of Katina and Ken Shanahan.
(SS/P, 5-8, 145, Covington, Ga., Alcovy High School)
An All-Region selection during his senior year to cap off a strong career, Smith joins the Vikings after hitting .323 during his senior year with 11 RBI's. Also pitching for Alcovy, Smith posted a 4-2 record with 47 strikeouts during his final season. A three-time team Player of the Year, Smith also graduated with honors. The son of Angie McGrew and Bobby Smith, Dalton plans on majoring in biology.
(C, 6-3, 205, Rocky Face, Ga., McCallie School)
A transfer from Virginia Military Institute, Smith led his high school team to three state playoff appearances including a state title during his sophomore year. For his career, he hit .345 with 14 home runs and 97 RBI's. An All-Area and two-time All-State honoree, Smith helped his team to a single-season record for wins during his senior year. Smith will be a sophomore at Berry. The son of Karen and Mathew Smith, Quinn plans on majoring in physics.
(INF, 5-7, 150, Blackshear, Ga., Pierce County High School)
A transfer from Armstrong State University, Smith hit .230 with 32 RBI's for the Pirates. He will enter Berry as a junior. He was a two-sport athlete also competing in football in high school and led his team to three state playoff appearances. A three-time All-Region selection, Smith finished his career at Pierce County with an honors distinction upon graduation. He plans on majoring in education at Berry. He is the son of Melissa and Blake Smith.
(P, 5-11, 155, Braselton, Ga., Bethlehem Christian Academy)
Also competing in basketball, Still joins the Vikings after posting a 2.47 ERA for his career including 106 strikeouts. During his senior year, he posted a 1.73 ERA with 55 strikeouts and just 14 walks. He led his team to three region titles and back-to-back state titles in 2013 and 2014. A 2017 All-Region selection, Still holds the school record in wins and strikeouts. The son of Susan and Mark Still, Tanner plans on majoring in business.
(P, 5-9, 210, Alpharetta, Ga., Milton High School)
Helping his team to the state playoffs twice during his career, Sutaria served as a team captain during the 2016 season. The son of Mona and Shilesh Sutaria, Milan is undecided on his major at Berry.
(3B/P, 6-0, 215, Milton, Ga., Cambridge High School)
Leading his team to two state playoff appearances, Swiacki was a two-time All-Region honorable mention at Cambridge High School. The son of Kimberly and Gerald Swiacki, Jake is undecided on his major.
(OF, 5-9, 170, Norcross, Ga., Norcross High School)
A transfer from Covenant College, Walch joins the Vikings after an All-State selection and a pair of All-County and All-Region honors during his Norcross High career. A four-year letter winner, he hit .395 for his career en route to 77 hits, 54 runs and 48 stolen bases. He is the Norcross career leader in runs, batting average, stolen bases and is No. 2 in hits. Walch led his team to the state playoffs twice and was a four-year Scholar Athlete award winner. He will be a sophomore at Berry. The son of Michele and Scott Walch, Zack plans on majoring in education.
(C, 6-0, 180, Jacksonville, Fla., Episcopal School of Jacksonville)
A four-year varsity starter, Williams hit a team-best .328 during his senior year and was also the team-leader in RBI's and OBP. He helped his team to two district titles and four regional playoff appearances during his career. The son of Rachel and Casey Williams, Kyle plans on majoring in creative technologies with a minor in business.