Baseball team works hard to make playoffs


As the season continues, the team has developed a strong foundation for the rest of the season. The improvement from the team, as a whole, since last season to this season has been seen within just the first couple of games. The bonds that have been created amongst the players have helped in building teamwork. Both on and off the field, the team encourages one another. Most importantly, the incoming freshmen have great talents to bring to the table. 

“I like being able to play on the varsity team, and I’m looking forward to us getting back on track and start winning games and making playoffs,” freshman Boden Hilliard said.

The boys started their season off with a great first two games against Carlynton winning 18-0 and 17-0 respectively. They were back again on March 27 when they lost to OLSH 3-5. The following day the boys played OLSH again, falling 1-12. For the last game of March, the boys played Burgettstown, unfortunately losing after a tough fight 9-6.

Although the boys were losing their games, they made sure to enjoy every game to the fullest. For some players, this will be their last season playing baseball, while others may continue at a college level. From being freshmen to now almost graduating seniors, the players reflect on their many years of playing. 

“Playing baseball means a lot to me; ever since tee-ball I’ve enjoyed the game and the challenges it has brought me,” senior Isaac Barry said.

Continuing the season, on April 3 the boys played a rough two games against South Side losing 0-15 and 0-10 respectively. They faced off against New Brighton on April 11, where they put up a good fight; however, it was not enough, falling 0-5. They hosted New Brighton at the high school on April 12 where they fell 5-15. The boys were on the up when they played Aliquippa on April 17, coming on top 18-3. 

Overcoming challenges this season is something that the team is beginning to become familiar with. At the start of the season, both junior Logan Bickerstaff and freshman Garrett Drutarsky were not able to play due to ACL injuries. Later as the season progressed, the primary catcher, sophomore Thomas Ward, injured his arm. The team has tried both senior Daniel Lewis and freshman Xavier Robbins in the position. 

The team still has a chance to make it to the playoffs. In order to achieve this, they can only lose one more section game until the end of the season. At this time, there are nine games left in the season, seven of which are section games. 

On May 1, the boys travel to Laurel and then host them on May 2. On May 4 they play Western Beaver in a home game. The final two games of the season will be on May 8 and May 9, when they will take on Northgate. Come out and support the boys as they work harder to make it to the playoffs.