When compared to last year, this season the Red Lion baseball team is seeing brighter days, both figuratively and literally. Due to several rain outs and schedule changes last spring, many sports teams’ records showed signs of suffering because of the limited number of practices and games.
Baseball was no exception, running into the problems of not having enough pitching and going weeks without practice on the turfed diamond on Horn Field.
This season, however, the team was able to focus more how they were going to play as opposed to when they would be able to play.
“I would say we were pretty even with our last season,” senior centerfielder Dan Waldrup said. “We finished around the same spot as last year in the league and districts.”
Ending 8-7 in the league, the team displayed a balance between the offense and the defense, playing off each’s strengths.
“We were a pretty well rounded team,” Waldrup said. “Our hitting was great when everyone was on a roll. Even though we had some injuries, we still found a way to make it work.”
Senior catcher Jon Smith agreed that the offensive and defensive plays were well balanced, making it for an “interesting season.”
While parts of the season may have felt like a seventh inning stretch for the players, as losses added up as quickly as wins, the team can count on the potential of improvement for next year.
“In the offseason and at practice, they [the team] need to put in the hours to get better,” Waldrup said. “And reach the goals set at the beginning of the season.”