Spring is just around the corner, which means spring sports are, too.
Baseball is a popular sport at South and there were around 30 freshman that went out for the team at the beginning of this month. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough spots for everyone, but there are enough spots to fill freshman, junior varsity, and varsity teams.
The first week of baseball practice was filled with a lot of drills and instruction. Alex Rodriguez, also known as A-Rod (freshman), said the first week of tryouts were a bit boring for higher level players. However, there were still things to learn, like signs and the way coach Josh Walker runs his team.
“Last week started kind of slow, but once we got to scrimmaging it was fun. I was glad to meet future teammates and see the addition to the team for this year,” said Dawson Owen, freshman.
As of now, no freshman made a higher level team than the freshman team.
Owen went on to explain that his ultimate goal is to get some playing time on varsity at some point in the season. Of course, it will take time and effort to work his way up from his current position on the freshman team.
Rodriguez and Ethan Farrow (freshman), had similar individual goals for the season. Both players wanted to hit with a batting average of at least .300. In order to make this happen, Rodriguez will hit off of the tee more.
“I really need to focus on swinging at good pitches that I know I can hit. It is much easier said than done,” said Farrow.
Owen, Rodriguez, and Farrow also had almost identical team-wide goals.
“It would be awesome to be undefeated going into the North Kansas City tournament,” said Rodriguez, referring to the Panther’s first tournament in mid-April. “But we will have to communicate a lot more on the field in order for this to happen.”
The Panthers have a team deep in talent for all three teams. With hard work and communication, as Rodriguez mentioned, South baseball will have a road of success ahead of them.