Baseball season is here?
By Rodney White
In spring, a young man’s fancy turns to baseball, but this year the weather does not seem to be very conducive to baseball. Somehow, with over a foot of snow piled up behind home plate, you can’t get very excited about sliding into home.
The Wolves first baseball game is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23rd at Dumas. The Wolves have a new coach this year. Coach Michael Royal is taking over the program this year. He is assisted by Coach Allen Marrow who will be the JV coach. Coaching baseball is one of the most demanding jobs, because you have to do so much with different groups, plus a lot of pitching and batting during practice. Coach Royal said, “The snow has been very frustrating. We have not been able to get out on our field at all so far. It’s been all indoor practices, so it’s been slow. I am, however, very optimistic for the season. Last year was a rough one on these kids, but I think they have shown up with a determination that this year will be different.” Coach Royal also stated, “They have been focused, as much as they can for being stuck inside, and the team has shown that they are willing to put in the work we need to have a successful season. I’m anxious to see how well we do next week. I think we have the pieces of the puzzle to get it done, it is just putting those pieces together. We have several returning from last season, and a couple of additions that we did not have last year.”
There are five seniors on the team: Ashton Read, Saul Barron, Irving Martinez, Sheldon Keaton and Chad Chaisoung; ten juniors: Dylan Ballard, Avery Smith, Kevin Watson, Kress Carson, Kaleb Grant, Kolby Ortiz, Antonio Octiavani, Chad Ogle, Brody Howell, Buddy Martinez, Luis Morales; and one sophomore: Jose Sierra. Coach Royal said, “I think this group of young men will help revive the baseball program.”
Come out and support the team whenever you can. If we can get the snow removed from the Earl Smith Memorial baseball field, the first home game will be March 20th against district opponent Estacado.