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Preseason Power 25 Countdown: No. 17 North Forsyth


Phil Kerber
Georgia Scouting Director

The Georgia High School Association has announced that opening day of the 2020 season will commence on Feb. 10. Programs were allowed to begin practicing in an official capacity on Jan. 13, meaning it's time for the PBR Georgia staff to break down the high school baseball scene in the state in the countdown to the first pitch thrown in 2019.Over the next several weeks, leading up to opening day, we will be publishing our team previews ahead of the 2019 spring season, touching on programs spanning multiple state classifications, counting down the official PBR Georgia Preseason Power 25 Rankings.

Our Preseason Power 25 rankings coverage starts today.

Team: North Forsyth
Preseason Rank:
17
2019 Record:
18-14
Region: 5-7A 
2019 Region Finish: 3rd
GHSA Classification: 7A
Head Coach: Jim Cahill
Playoff Run: Second Round
Returning Starters: 8
Returning Pitchers: 7

KEy Players Lost
Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Carter Mullikin GA North Forsyth 2019 OF Navy
Brody Westbrooks GA North Forsyth 2019 RHP Georgia Tech
TOP Players
Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Anthony DiMola GA North Forsyth 2020 LHP Georgia Southern
Garrett Staton GA North Forsyth 2020 INF Samford
Miles Hartsfield GA North Forsyth 2020 INF Georgia Southwestern
Kaiden Ellis GA North Forsyth 2022 OF  
Garrett Sagro GA North Forsyth 2020 LHP/OF Kennesaw State
Jess Ackerman GA North Forsyth 2021 LHP/1B  
Brett Barfield GA North Forsyth 2022 LHP/1B Florida State
Justice Bailey GA North Forsyth 2020 C/INF  
Noah Gilbert GA North Forsyth 2020 LHP Emmanuel
Michael Sills GA North Forsyth 2021 RHP/C  
Holton Payne GA North Forsyth 2021 C/OF  
Tyler Triche GA North Forsyth 2022 INF/RHP  
Baylor Homesley GA North Forsyth 2022 RHP  
Bennett Helms GA North Forsyth 2020 INF/OF  
Ty Morrison GA North Forsyth 2020 1B/RHP  
Sam Gore GA North Forsyth 2020 1B/RHP  
Top Newcomers
Name State School Class Pos Commitment
         
X-Factor
Four year starters INF Garrett Staton (Samford) and INF Miles Hartfield (Georgia Southwestern) and three-year varsity pitcher RHP Anthony DiMola (Georgia Southern) will provide leadership and veteran leadership to a team ready for a breakout year. 

Rated as one of the top right-handed hitters in Georgia's 2020 class, Staton uses the entire field and drives the ball. At 6-foot-1, 185-pounds he is able to create maximum leverage to put his size and strength to work. Staton profiles well at the next level and has enough versatility to be used in a variety of ways, giving him a lot of value to his team. The left-handed hitting Hartsfield is a top of the order bat for the Raiders. Hartsfield plays to his strength which is his ability to make line drive contact to all fields and cause havoc with his feet. 

Garrett Staton

On the mound, DiMola will lead the pitching staff as the ace of the team. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound southpaw works out of a low 3/4 slot and can run his fastball into the upper-80s. What makes him a truly difficult pitcher is his delivery and breaking ball. Starting on the third base side of the rubber, he strides towards first base side, creating angles. DiMola's breaking ball is slurve-like with two-plane movement.

Outlook
Things are looking up for Coach Jim Cahill and the Raiders. Last year was, in a sense, a rebuilding year. Nearly the entire roster returns, eight starters and seven pitchers, meaning this is one of the most experienced teams in the entire state.

The pitching staff will be one of the deepest in the state, full of talented left-handers. As we detailed earlier, DiMola will be an X-Factor for the Raiders, but he will not be taking up the challenege himself. Kennesaw State commit LHP Garrett Sagro (2020) is another upper-80s arm that will form a formidable duo with DiMola at the top of the rotation. Joining these senior southpaws will also be LHP Noah Gilbert (Emmanuel).

Then you add in recent Florida State commit LHP Brett Barfield (2022) and talented LHP Jess Ackerman (2021). This gives North Forsyth a total of five left-handers who will no doubt see significant time this year. But it does not stop there either. RHP Michael Sills (2021) and RHP Baylor Homeslay (2022) are both capable of pitching in the mid-80s.

Michael Sills

Offensively, Staton and Hartsfield will be huge parts of the offense like we said earlier, but also returning starters INF Tyler Triche (2022) and OF Kaiden Ellis (2022) will have increased roles after outstanding freshman campaigns.

Not enough can be said about the depth of this squad, and the talent that the underclassmen bring. From having a plethora of left-handed arms, two future power arms in the stable, and youth who gained valuable experience last season, the North Forsyth Raiders are looking to make a run past the sweet sixteen this May.

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