His decade-plus tenure leading the Raiders has produced perennial region contenders, a couple state semifinal appearances and a fair share of top-flight players.
Another season, another chance to add to the legacy.
The 2013 Raiders at first glance didn’t appear up to the task, dropping their first three games. But, in typical Redan fashion, the club dug down deep to overcome that slow start, winning four straight heading into play this week.
The DeKalb Neighbor recently caught up with Pruitt to talk baseball — from the big picture to his team’s prospects.
on running Redan
“We have a rich baseball history. My job is continue the excellence that was here prior to me coming
on the team’s stable of top players
“We can go down the list:
“Senior Wesley Jones is a short stop and pitcher, who’s a University of Georgia commitment.
“Then we have Brandon Baker, a senior left-handed pitcher and first baseman, who’ll next be playing for the University of Missouri.
“Corderius Dorsey is a junior outfielder/pitcher for us. Senior transfer Trega Williams is our cleanup hitter. Joey Graves is a senior outfielder — a four-year varsity player.
“And, sophomore James Nelson a rising star.”
on his club’s defining traits
“We have a high baseball I.Q. all around … we are typically known for hitting.
“We had not one homerun on the whole team last year; we usually lead the county in homers. I’m not sure whether that’s due to adjusting to the new bats or what.”
on his team’s slow start
“The first three ball games we didn’t score a run, but we picked it up — averaging right around 10 runs a game in our last four ball games.”
on the competition
“In our region (6A-AAAA), Marist is always tough, our biggest competitor … but, we play a competitive schedule outside the region.
“We opened up the season against Roswell, Blessed Trinity and South Gwinnet. In a couple of weeks, we’ve got four games at the Perfect Game Elite 48 Tournament down in Fort Myers, Fla.”
on Redan’s motivation
“Last year we were [eliminated] in the first round of the state tournament when East Paulding took two out of three against us.
“We split against them 2-2 last season — but they won the right two [games].
“That kind of left a bad taste in our mouths … Quite a few guys on this team coming back look forward to doing something about that.”