By: Jackson Tacka
The Varsity Baseball squad is shaping up to be a strong team this year. Last year the team went 20-9, but came up short in the semi-finals of the MIAA playoffs, losing to Calvert Hall. This year the team looks to make another solid push to the top of the MIAA ‘A’ conference. Although the team lost six seniors from last year’s squad, the Greyhounds return 12 varsity players. Senior leader Max Costes commented, “I think we have the chance to do something great this year. Looking back on last year, I think we underachieved a little in the sense we weren't consistent. There were times when we showed how great we actually were. I think if we get consistency in our play we could be great.”
The coaching staff has very high expectations this year for the team. Coaches for this year’s team include Head Coach Larry Sheets, Assistant Coaches Russell Wrenn (‘96) and Mark Lemon, and Pitching Coaches John Richardson and Zach McElroy(‘08). The team’s motto this year set in place by Coach Sheets is “Own It”, giving a sense of accountability to the players in everything the Hounds do this year, whether it be in practice or games. Coach Wrenn described his outlook for the season when he said, “The Varsity should be an athletic group with a number of solid bats vying to crack the lineup.” In years past, pitching has been a place of little depth for the Hounds, but this year, they find themselves in a situation with a plethora of arms from all grades with 7 returning varsity pitchers and many young arms competing for spots in the rotation.
The JV team is also looking to improve on their season from last year when they were one game under 500 (10-11). With a strong Freshman and Sophomore class, it is very possible for the JV team this year to produce a very successful season.