Archive for Thursday, March 18, 2004

Baseball gearing up for season

March 18, 2004

The Baldwin High School baseball team is ready to take advantage of the stellar weather outside. The first two practices of this year's season were inside due to rain and soggy weather outside.

The team is looking to a very successful season this year. The team has a lot of returning talent this year.

"We have seven out of nine starters returning this year," said coach Brian Ash about all of the returning talent this year.

The coaches plan on splitting the team up after this week of practice into the varsity and junior varsity teams. The whole team consists of 33 total players this year.

The team hasn't been practicing very long, but will have plenty of time to beef up its game before taking action. The team has roughly 18 more practices before heading to Ottawa on April 1.

"This year pitching is definitely going to be one of our high points, because we have five guys who can give us quality innings," said Ash.

The coaches are not the only ones who are excited. Even the team expects success.

"We have a lot of returning talent this year, and I expect us to be pretty successful," said senior Jay King.

Even the new players to the high school program are very excited about the season ahead.

"I am looking forward to this season," said freshmen Wesley Callahan.

The baseball team is having a lot of additions to the program.

"I think it is real exciting that the people in Baldwin are getting excited about baseball and have been willing to go the extra mile to help our program," said Ash.

The baseball players and coaching staff would like to thank all of the people who had a hand in helping with all the field renovations including polycap around the fence and new hand operated scoreboard. A special thanks goes to Midwest Cabinets, which donated many of the supplies for the scoreboard. Ash said without the individual efforts by parents and the community the improvements could not have been made in a timely fashion. In addition, a batting cage and net was also donated to the program and will be placed to the north of the BHS gym.

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