Baseball team ends challenge-filled season with win


Abigail Ketterer

Sophomore Jacob Milbert steps up to the plate and waits for the perfect pitch.

After going through their 2021 season, the baseball team came out of the season with a 1-9 record. The boys went through and played to the best of their abilities and worked hard throughout the season.

The boys have fought very hard this season but unfortunately have not been winning many games. With COVID-19 cases increasing in the district, the baseball season was put on pause. The team was out for a week to prevent the spread of the virus. 

The boys had taken on the Mohawk Warriors on April 27, and had taken a loss against them by 9-4. Starting again on May 11, the boys had played against the Hopewell Vikings at home, but had fallen to them by a score of 12-1. They played the Vikings again on May 4, and had again fallen to them by 8-1. Playing again on May 13, the boys had taken on the Neshannock Lancers, and suffered a loss from them 14-4. On May 14, they had played the Carlynton Golden Cougars, and had gained a win against them 12-8.

“We did well as a collective, but had errors nonetheless,” sophomore Evan Blinn said.

As a team, making errors is a common occurrence, but the team had worked through the errors and fixed them along the way after games and during practices. The team could recognize their mistakes and catch them to try and improve for the next game.

“My favorite memory is always the first home game with everyone ready to play,” Blinn said.

After having a rough year, and not having a 2020 season, the boys were ready for that first game of the season. Being a part of a team can be exciting getting to get ready with everyone and prepare for that big moment, like the first game of the year.

“I personally feel like the season wasn’t the best, but with everything going on in the world I was happy to at least play some sort of baseball,” freshman Logan Bickerstaff said. 

Their record is currently 2-15. In their most recent game against Neshannock, the final score was 4-14, Neshannock.

Bickerstaff also agrees that there are some things the team could improve upon.

“I think the team just needs to work on our mechanics, small errors are what cost us the most,” Bickerstaff said.

The boys are already excited and ready for next season. Knowing that there were errors made, they can look back upon that and improve for the next season.

“Next season will be rough without the seniors, they impacted us greatly and we are just going to have to learn to play without them,” Bickerstaff said. 

However, some of the team’s key players are seniors. Cole Beck and Tristan Viscuso are two of the key senior players on the team. The underclassmen are going to have to step up to fill their places. Key junior players Tristen Clear and Carter Slowinski are going to have to step up to the plate and be the next key seniors on the team.