Baseball team steps up to the plate for 2020 season

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Austin Moore (12) throws a pitch in the team’s season opener. The Spartans fell to Lausanne Collegiate School with a score of 9-1.

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As winter comes to a close, the White Station baseball season starts up again. After winning the district championship last year, the team has set its sights on a larger prize: winning the city championship.

“Last season didn’t turn out as well as we wanted, but we still had some good games and good team bonding,” Frenaldo Edmonds (11) said.

In the off-season, the team conditioned and honed their skills. In addition to participating in practice, Edmonds chose to stay behind on certain days and work on hitting with Gordon Brode (11). 

“In the past, it’s shown that the best hitters on the team are the ones who stay back and put in the extra work,” Edmonds said.

The team is also relatively young, with five new players projected to be on the starting lineup.

“[The new players] are in a learning process,” Coach Wade Walter said. “They’re going to have a big culture shock this year. It’s just going to depend on how they can bounce back from adversity in the game.“

This preseason, the team participated in a collective work day to prepare the home field for the season. Players performed a variety of tasks, ranging from drying the field to cleaning off bases.

“We’re a team, and if we can’t do a work day together, then we won’t be able to play and win games together,” Austin Moore (12) said. “That’s what I want to focus on with these young guys- just focus on being a team and a family.”

Despite being the only senior playing this season, Moore is optimistic.

“I’m excited,” Moore said. “It’s going to be a great season. We’re going to have our ups and downs, but it will be a fun season, for sure.”