Boomer Elmsdale
Fri, February 16, 2024 at 11:02 AM
As Coach Escandon and the La Canada High School baseball team gear up for the upcoming season, their goals and aspirations are clear - to strive for excellence on and off the field. With a strong emphasis on building a legacy of consistency, the team is determined to secure a playoff berth and compete for the league title. But it's not just about winning games - it's about creating a cohesive unit of dedicated athletes who excel in all aspects of their lives. The team is led by returning varsity players Will Park and Leon Chen, who bring a unique set of skills and strengths to the field. In addition, junior Flynn Lewis and freshmen Joe Bell, Austin Laughrin, and Seth Larsen are expected to make immediate impacts and contribute to the team's success. Coach Escandon emphasizes the qualities of a good team captain - someone who is quiet, humble, strong-minded, and confident. These qualities are embodied by Will Park, who has been chosen as the team's captain for this season. The team's training and conditioning program has been intense, with a focus on building strong and explosive athletes. Coach Escandon also stresses the importance of mental conditioning, mindfulness, and mental toughness to overcome challenges and perform at their best. One of the biggest challenges for the team has been roster moves, but this has also provided opportunities for young players to step up and shine. The team's schedule is filled with tough opponents, but they approach each game with the same level of preparation and importance, recognizing that anything can happen in baseball. Coach Escandon's coaching style differs from previous seasons as he focuses on empowering his players to showcase their talents freely and without fear of making mistakes. He instills a mindset of continuous improvement and encourages his players to push beyond their limits. He also puts great emphasis on team communication, encouraging players to voice their ideas, concerns, and feedback openly and respectfully. While the team's strengths lie in their remarkable camaraderie and resilience, they are constantly working to improve their weaknesses. Coach Escandon's coaching philosophy centers around creating a positive and inclusive team culture built on respect, trust, and camaraderie. Together, they aim to inspire a love for the game and instill lifelong lessons of teamwork, perseverance, and sportsmanship. As the La Canada High School baseball team prepares for the upcoming season, Coach Escandon wants to remind the fans and supporters that they are crucial to the team's success.