Legacy baseball is off to a good start. The varsity boys are currently 2-0 as they travel to Prestonwood Christian on Friday. Next weekend they begin their tournament schedule at John Paul II. This will be the first of four tournaments. The team always uses their pre-district schedule to prepare for the rigors of district competition “We always have a tough non-district schedule. This will be good for us as we travel west this year in our new district,” states senior Sayers Collins. Pitching and defense are always key elements to success. “The coaches are always teaching us about fundamental baseball and making the routine plays every time,” said junior Sam Yasilli.
I am excited for the new district with more challenges and better competition this year. I usually prepare for the season by getting my arm in shape, or as Embry says, “legs and lungs”, and finding a good music playlist to get through the season. In my many years playing all kinds of sports, I realized that you don’t need to be a captain to be a leader or to show leadership skills in your sport and in your team, so I always try and just keep a positive attitude at all times, that can show my teammates that I’m not showing any panic, and neither should they.
The thing I enjoy the most about baseball is that not one person can take control of the game and lead their team to victory. Even if a pitcher throws a perfect game, their catcher and coach still call pitches for them to throw, and fielders behind them to make plays. The most challenging part of baseball, which I find to be one of the more unique things in sports, is how long the season is and how many games you potentially play at this level. It is a challenge to push through the grind and stay consistent through the entire year. The greatest thrill of the game for me personally is having the opportunity to take the baseball, toe the rubber, and compete for as long as I can on the mound. There really is no other feeling than feeling the adrenaline when I pitch.Sayers Collins
I am excited for what my last season of high school baseball will bring. The bonds with my teammates and coaches are stronger than ever. Without any seniors on the roster last year, we didn’t have any of our teammates leave. This created a strong bond in our team that will help us both on and off the field. We treat each other like family and are making friendships that will last a lifetime. My favorite part of baseball is the mental challenge. Being mentally strong is a very difficult thing in sports. As a hitter standing in the box staring into the eyes of the pitcher, there can only be one winner.
The thrill of this competition and the determination to beat your opponent is something I never get tired of feeling. I think I can best lead the team by supporting them and inspiring them. Baseball is a game of failure, and it is very easy to get discouraged. It is important for me as a captain to be there for my teammates and encourage them. Still, the most important goal we have as a team is to honor God in every game and in every practice. We do this by playing hard and playing the game the right way. Our focus every day is to bring glory to God and not ourselves. I never step on the field without remembering what a great opportunity it is to play the sport that I love.Ryan Thompson
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