BRIDGEVILLE -- Two of the best things about sports are the pleasant surprises and changes they constantly bring.
While perhaps not quite a surprise to most, there definitely could at least be a change at Woodbridge this season regarding its baseball team and the state tournament.
Led by senior C.J. Pleasants, the Blue Raiders are in first place in the Henlopen Conference Southern Division at the halfway mark and on pace to capture the automatic playoff berth that accompanies the crown.
"I think it's very important, not just for me but for the school, to get Woodbridge that first playoff berth in a long time," Pleasants said.
Pleasants, who stands taller than most of his teammates and competition, especially while on the mound, both pitches and plays shortstop for the Raiders.
Of the two positions, the senior said he would rather be on the hill more than anything. He is also one of the state's premiere hitters and is always a threat to put one over the fence.
"I just like to throw the ball hard," Pleasants said of pitching. "(At the plate), I just go out there and try to get the job done. I am confident that most of the time I am going to have a good swing on the ball, and if I can do that I will find holes (in the defense)."
Throwing and hitting the ball hard is something Pleasants hopes to continue doing at the next level, first at Delaware Tech's Owens Campus before transferring to a Division I college. While in college he will study construction management.
"I've never been a behind the desk kind of guy," he said. "I like to work with my hands."
Of course, the current high school senior said he is willing to man whatever position Roadrunners coach Curtis Brock wants him to at Delaware Tech.
"I'd like to pitch and I definitely want to hit," Pleasants said. "But whatever coach Brock wants from me is what I will do. I just want to play baseball until the end of the road finally comes."