Another season of NS Baseball is under way and the boys are off to a great start according to head coach Dan Christensen.
“Well a new season is always a challenge because you just never know how the team is going to gel together, you never know which players have improved and what ones haven’t improved and then you never know what the other teams lost as seniors and what they still have as far as players on their team,” Christensen said.
After a few short weeks of practice, Christensen was able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the team and started to adapt in the hopes of bettering the team.
“I think our defense is going to be actually pretty good, our outfielders, they can track down balls pretty well [and] our infielders are pretty solid,” Christensen said, “Our weakness is probably the same as it’s been every year, and that’s hitting.”
Christensen has found that the boys are lacking the the hitting department and has been making goals in the past, and now to improve.
“Last year we had a goal to raise our team batting average from the year before,” Christensen said, “and we actually did that, we raised it by about thirty points [and] this year I’d like to raise it again by about another twenty to thirty points as a team batting average… that would put us as a team batting average somewhere in the low 270s, high 260s, that’s the goal.”
On the weekend of Mar. 10 the team traveled to Kanab to play in a tournament, and although they came out of the tournament with two wins and two losses, Christensen felt the tournament was great for them.
“I was actually very happy with the tournament in Kanab,” Christensen said. “All in all the tournament was a success, we learned some things and could we have come out of that tournament 4-0, yeah, very easily, but we came out 2-2 and I’m happy with that.”
At the Kanab tournament, the boys won 4-2 against Millard, and 15-4 against Fredonia and lost 2-5 against Kanab and 7-8 to Gunnison after going into extra innings. Regardless, the boys are off to a very steady season with many goals and aspirations in mind.
“We go out and try to do the best we can every game, and we play hard and try to not focus as much on wins and losses as much as we focus on playing hard and playing the game of baseball the right way,” Christensen said, “and if we do that… the wins and losses will come.”