Versatility, Depth Propel Fishburne Baseball to Victory

Fishburne Military School Eyes Post-Season

Fishburne Military School Baseball program solidWaynesboro, VA–Nothing says spring like the crack of a bat on a baseball. That sound is something that Caissons baseball fans are hearing a lot of these days, as the Fishburne Military School baseball team has outscored its opponents so far this season 179:33.This single statistic illustrates both the hitting strength of the Fishburne lineup and the devastating stopping power of its pitchers.

Head Coach MAJ Brandon Mawyer points to the team’s versatility and depth as the keys to its success. “We have a solid program all around, and I feel comfortable that I can put any player in any situation and we will come out ahead,” Mawyer said. “Our pitchers have worked hard to make sure they dominate the game and our hitters have consistently added runs to give support to our pitchers.” Mawyer ‘s coaching staff includes long-time assistant coach Geoffrey Fosdick and Gary Owens.

“This is most talented team we’ve had in years,” noted Fosdick. “These players are a pleasure to coach and I anticipate finishing strong for the season and playing well in the post-season.”

As those who follow baseball know, it is a game of statistics. Here are just a few of the most impressive numbers generated by Fishburne’s ball players thisFishburne Military School Baseball program solid season, all of which are well above the national average for high school varsity baseball teams:

Team batting average:  .410

Combined Earned Run Average (ERA) of FMS pitchers: 1.25

On base percentage: .494 (almost half of FMS batters get on base in a game)

Home Runs: 8

Stolen Bases: 59

Tuesday’s important conference match-up against rival military school Hargrave was rained out in the fourth inning, with Fishburne leading 2-1. The game will be rescheduled.  The Caissons have two more regular season games, Thursday at Massanutten Military Academy and Friday at Covenant School in Charlottesville.

Fishburne’s record coming into the final games of the season is 11-3, and the team is ranked 78th in the state among all high school teams, public and private. The Caissons are ranked 8th in VISAA Division II and third in the VIC. After being denied a spot in post-season play last year by VISAA, Caissons’ coaches are confident that this team can earn a post-season berth.

“It’s a pretty simple plan. We know where we are located in the standings, we know where we need to move up to and we know who we need to beat to get there,” Mawyer explained.  “We will continue to work hard, play hard and win so that we have the best chance to make the post-season.”

The oldest and smallest of all military schools for boys in Virginia, Fishburne Military School’s college-prep curriculum is built upon the structure of an Army JROTC program. FMS is designated as a JROTC Honor Unit with Distinction and may nominate qualified candidates to the United States Service Academies. Fishburne hosts one of only four Summer JROTC programs in the nation, accredited by US Army Cadet Command