California News Admin
Wed, February 7, 2024 at 08:30 AM
With spring just around the corner, it’s almost time for the Maize South High School baseball team to take the field once again. After a successful season last year, the team is gearing up for another competitive year, with high ambitions and a talented roster. In an exclusive interview, Coach Admin Admin shared some insights into the goals, strengths and weaknesses, and overall mindset for the team this season at Maize South High School. Let’s take a closer look at what the team has in store for fans and supporters this year. Goals and Key to Success According to Coach Admin, the team has set some specific goals to stay competitive in every game and ultimately return to the state tournament at Wichita State University. These goals include throwing 1st pitch strikes 70% of the time, winning two of the first three pitches pitched, limiting errors on defense to two or fewer, and having at least 60% of their at-bats result in quality ABs. But what will be the key to achieving these goals? “Throwing strikes and winning the first and third pitches is key, along with good defense,” says Coach Admin. “And offensively, quality at-bats are essential to put pressure on the other teams.” Top Returning Players Maize South High School has a strong roster of returning players this year, including Hunter Higgins who was named 2nd 5A All-State Catcher last year. Other key players from last year include Jack Martens, Jaxon Sullivan, Tate McNew, Brock Ellis, and Brody Epke, who all received some type of AVCTL DIV 1 award. One thing that makes these players special is their cohesiveness as a team. “The seven seniors we have this season are a very cohesive unit,” explained Coach Admin. “They have a goal of returning to the state tournament this year at WSU.” New Players While the team has a solid foundation of returning players, Coach Admin is also looking to some of the new players to make a positive impact on the team. “We are hoping some of our new guys can have an impact on us as roll players around our nucleus of guys,” he said. Team Captains When it comes to choosing team captains, Coach Admin looks for players who can rally the team and represent its personality. “Someone players want to play with, they can rally around when things start going south,” he shared. “We allow players to choose captains, guys they feel represent the team