Boomer Elmsdale
Tue, February 20, 2024 at 04:02 AM . California
As the spring season approaches, the Granada Hills Charter High School baseball team is gearing up for what is sure to be an exciting and competitive year. Head Coach Matt Matuszak has high expectations for the team and is determined to lead them to a CIF Championship this season. In this exclusive interview, Coach Matuszak gives us insight into the team's goals, strengths, and strategies for the upcoming season. The ultimate goal for the team this season is to win a CIF Championship, and Coach Matuszak believes that the key to achieving this goal lies in playing their best baseball and building team chemistry. He stresses the importance of coming together as a cohesive unit, both on and off the field, as they head into the playoffs. Leading the charge on the field this season will be a strong group of returning players. Coach Matuszak highlights the talents of pitcher and UCLA commit, Easton Hawk, as well as infielder Jackson Lyons and center fielder Diego Monreal. These players have proven themselves to be valuable assets to the team and are expected to have a significant impact this season. In addition to their returning players, Coach Matuszak also has high hopes for brothers Jonathan and Justin Barnett to make an immediate impact on the team. These new players have already shown promise in offseason workouts and are expected to add depth to the team. When it comes to choosing team captains, Coach Matuszak looks for players who demonstrate a strong work ethic and a willingness to take on leadership roles. He believes that the key to being a successful captain lies in the little things, such as taking care of team responsibilities without being asked and fostering a sense of cohesion within the team. Team chemistry and camaraderie are essential components for success, and Coach Matuszak plans on fostering these qualities by organizing team outings and bonding activities. The team recently took part in an escape room, which served as a great team-building exercise. This emphasis on team chemistry and unity is sure to carry over onto the field and contribute to the team's success. Motivation is a vital aspect of any sport, and Coach Matuszak understands the importance of pushing his players to reach their full potential. He emphasizes the mental aspect of the game, reminding his players that it will ultimately come down to how they handle pressure and adversity in key moments. This mental toughness is sure to serve them well in high-pressure situations on the field.