Boomer Elmsdale
Fri, February 16, 2024 at 07:02 AM
As the new season approaches, there is much excitement surrounding the team at Paraclete High School. With clear goals and a talented roster, the Paraclete Spirits are ready to make their mark on the field. I had the privilege of speaking with head coach Jason Gorman about the upcoming season and his thoughts on the team's strengths, challenges, and keys to success. Coach Gorman has high expectations for his team this year, with their ultimate goal being to make the playoffs. In order to achieve this, he believes that the team needs to focus on being efficient on the mound and limiting the number of walks given up. Additionally, he stresses the importance of making routine plays behind the pitching staff and sticking with their offensive jobs each game. By following these guidelines, the Spirits have a strong chance of reaching their playoff goal. When asked about specific players to watch out for, Coach Gorman had several names in mind. Senior Anthony Camas is a key player on the mound, known for his great tempo and ability to locate pitches well. Sophomore CJ Vasquez brings power to all fields, while senior Jaden Pieters brings both energy and a strong arm to the outfield. On the pitching side, junior Cayden Cincis showcases next level stuff when he commands the zone. The team also has a number of players who excel in multiple positions. Sophomore Armando Saucedo is versatile both in the outfield and on the mound, while senior Mason Jacobo is known for his fearless approach at the plate and electric stuff as a pitcher. Senior Antonio Longobardi may be smaller in stature, but his strong arm and pop off the bat make him a valuable player on the field. Coach Gorman describes him as a "baseball rat" who grinds every day to improve his skills. One player who stands out for Coach Gorman is someone who leads by example and makes those around him better. This senior player holds his teammates accountable for team goals and creates a positive and competitive atmosphere on the field. This individual sets the tone for the team and is a crucial part of their success. When asked about creating a winning culture within the team, Coach Gorman believes that it starts with challenging his players and creating competition. He emphasizes the importance of accountability and pushing each member of the team to be their best. With a strong focus on efficiency and execution, the Paraclete Spirits are well on their way to creating a winning team culture.