Baseball, softball seasons approach

Kadence Huffman, Features Editor

As varsity baseball and softball teams are thrown into the new season, both players and coaches are looking forward to new expectations and goals.

“We have a new outlook on this season because we lost some seniors, so we will really have to fill spots and see how the team works together best,” head baseball coach Wayne Morris said.

Softball coach Mallory Mooney is looking at a slightly different team this year also.

“We lost three players last year, but this year we have three new players for sure and possibly more,” Coach Mooney said.

Both players and coaches said they want to be district champs and go as far into playoffs as posssible.

“Even though we lost players from last year, we’ve also gained some,” senior Lindy Reid said. “We have a really good team this year that will have a strong bond.”

Both Reid and senior Victoria Rater said that they are confident in where the team will go this season.

“I want to make it back to state, no doubt, especially since we lost to Windthorst last year in regional finals,” Rater said.

The baseball team has similar goals for which Coach Morris is preparing himself.

“If the team will buy into my philosophy and approach, I believe we will be very successful,” Coach Morris said.

Players prepared individually for the season as well until the team was able to start practicing together. Softball team practices started on Jan. 24 while baseball started on Jan. 31 per UIL rules.

“I go to baseball lessons for two hours every Thursday, and I throw and hit every once in awhile with Ty [Bates],” junior Justin Browning said.

Both the softball and baseball team members said they are going to put in practice time to reach their bigger goals this year.

“My ultimate goal is to just win out,” junior Jaxton Barrett said.