Six seniors finish season on West Forsyth baseball team
Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 7, 2020
By Brian Pitts
West Forsyth’s baseball team entered the 2020 season looking to sustain excellence that has been around the program for a long time (coach Brad Bullock guided the Titans to 120 wins between 2014-19, and former coach Randy Pope went out with four straight 20-win seasons from 2010-13).
The season ended with Bullard saying premature good-byes to six seniors. The Titans were 3-1 when the coronavirus put an end to the spring sports season in March. Bullard, who is 123-53 in seven years at the helm, spotlighted the seniors.
Caden Perry, who plans to attend a four-year university and major in biology, said his favorite memories are the day “coach Bullard said he didn’t hate my hair and winning the 2019 CPC Tournament.”
Bullard said of Perry: “This young man is a tremendous student-athlete. Caden thrives in the classroom as well as on the baseball field. He is very quiet but a fierce competitor and a great teammate. He has always been a coach’s dream in being very versatile and never asking why. He always put the team first and did whatever was best for the team.
“Caden has been through a lot during the last few months. But being a very mature young man, he has handled the adversity better than most adults. His perseverance, teamwork, quiet but witty personality, and determination will lead him to do great things. Please continue to keep Caden, his mother Amy and their family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the days and months ahead. This is a tremendous young man and family.”
Alec Munster, who will attend Ohio University and plans to major in business pre-law, said his favorite memory is beating Reagan and Davie to win the CPC Tournament.
Bullard on Munster: “Alec is another example of a true student-athlete. This young man excels in the classroom and on the field. He is also one of the most respectful young men I have ever coached. Alec has emerged as a true leader over his four years at West and a fierce competitor. His leadership, hard work, determination and competitiveness will take him far in life.”
Connor Monroe, who has signed to play at N.C. State and plans on majoring in international business, said his favorite memory is beating Reagan in the 2019 CPC Tournament.
Bullard said of Monroe: “Connor is an absolute bulldog on the mound. He’s always had that ‘it’ factor that is very hard to teach. This young man had Tommy John surgery his sophomore season and had to miss every game after his first start. He worked his butt off to return at the end of his junior season and helped us win the CPC Tournament. I can’t wait to watch him put on that red and perform at the next level.”
Tyler McDaniel, who has signed to play at William Peace University and plans to major in business with a minor in military science, said his favorite memory is beating Reagan in the 2019 CPC Tournament.
Bullard said of McDaniel: “Tyler is a tremendous young man who has overcome a lot at such a young age, and for that I could not be more proud. He has also committed to serve at least eight years in the Army after his college graduation. His father also served in the military.
“On a personal note, this young man has always went out of his way to speak to my family and play with my 2-year-old son. Words can not explain what that means to me. This young man has a bright future and I can’t wait to see all that he accomplishes. I know Cam is smiling down and so proud of you.”
Ethan Campbell, who plans to attend Appalachian State University and major in biology, said his favorite memory is winning the 2019 CPC Tournament.
Bullard said of Campbell: “Ethan is truly an example of what a student-athlete should be. He excels in the class room and on the field. He also volunteers at Camp Merriwood Christian Camp, Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem and Forsyth Medical Center. This young man is a true team player and has a bright future ahead of him. We are very proud of the man you have become over these four years and can’t wait to see what your future holds.”
Peyton Brown, who has signed with Campbell University and plans to major in kinesiology, said his favorite memory is pitching in the CPC Tournament championship game last year and winning it all.
Bullard said of Brown: “Peyton is a tremendous student-athlete who gets it done both on the field and in the class room. He is a true competitor and always wants the ball in big situations. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching him grow over the last four years into a better player and man. His work ethic is top notch.”