Baseball sets playoff goal


Abby Havens

Senior Gunner Smith pitching in the Haskell game

Shianne Bracey, Reporter

The baseball team has started district with a 3-1.Their overall record for this season so far at 7-5.
The team has overcome former head coach Zac Dunnam leaving and head basketball coach Josh Castles stepping up to coach with Kent Kyle, paraprofessional.
The team has two seniors this year but only one of them can play. Senior Gunner Smith said the team has gotten better since the beginning of the season.
“We’ve drastically improved since the start of the season,” Smith said. “We keep getting better and better each game.”
Smith said the team made really good improvements during the Olney game. Smith made a double play when a ball was hit straight to him and he threw it to third base played by sophomore Noah Cornell.
Cornell was out the beginning of the season due to a hand injury but now he’s back to playing again.
“While we have had some drastic changes this season, we have improved so much and we all love to play,” Cornell said. “Last year was my first year playing but I didn’t get much playing time. This year I play the whole game at third base. Not playing the beginning of the season hurt the team because they were short a player.”
Smith has set some goals for the season to look forward too. Some of those include having fun, making playoffs, and going far.
“I think that we will have a lot of fun this season and I believe our spot in the playoffs is guaranteed,” Smith said.
“With the team being filled with lower class men, the younger guys have to step up and try and do the best that they can do,” said coach Castles. “The freshman boys played on a tournament team together for a really long time,” said Castles.
Freshman Shooter Canada said that with the team being filled with lower class men has helped the team a lot because they have played on travel team so it gives them experience.
“Playing on a travel team has helped me with a lot of my base ball experience,” Canada said. “Though high school baseball is different than tournament games, it still helped me a lot with knowing the game.”