Batter up, it’s baseball time!


Kennedy Ray

Jonathan Reese (12) is up to bat at the University of Memphis’s FedExPark on a sunny March afternoon. This particular game ended at 10-2 in favor of the Spartans. The defeat of the Megis County Tigers was the first victory of the newly-begun baseball season.

Spring weather is in the air, and now, so are baseballs. The time has come for White Station’s baseball team to battle teams across the Mid-South until May. Last year, the varsity team had an overall record of 14-14, but it is a new year and a new team.

Led by Head Coach Wade Walter, the team boasts a roster of thirty boys. Among those are eight returning upperclassmen and a plethora of promising sophomores. 

This season promises to be bigger and better than last season, as the boys are putting in the hard work to make it happen.

“I’m always looking forward to the regional game because at White Station, we never got the opportunity to win that game,” Rodney Shelton (12), a four-year player who wears the number six on his back, said. 

  “This year, I feel like we’re fully equipped to at least compete. Hopefully, my main goal is to win that game and go to state.” 

The season is already underway, as the JV and varsity teams had their first showdowns of the season against the Marion High School Patriots. The extremely close varsity game ended at eight innings with a score of 5-4. 

Despite their losses in a series of games over spring break, the team is not disheartened by it. Instead, they are opting to put up a fight for the remainder of the season, which truly has only begun.

“They need to learn from their mistakes and play a better game. If they do that, it’ll get better,” Walter said.

According to shortstop and second baseman Frenaldo Edmonds (10), the team will be facing its “biggest competitors,” Houston and Collierville, later in April. Until then, one can only anticipate that this year’s season will be a home run.