By Bella McCarey
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.”
Baseball is one of the most affected spring sports that have had to deal with inclement weather so far, causing them to play countless back-to-back games.
By Ben Logan
It is probably safe to assume that what many people take away from the 2014 spring sports season will be the never-ending rainouts and the ever-changing schedule for sports teams in York County.
It seems to be the season of rain this spring, as many sports games and matches have been canceled, postponed, or ditched on account of the odd storms in occurrence this year. Schedules are all booked up for RL sports teams, and some could say that they have no elbow room left over to use for conditioning. “The rain has really limited practice time above all,” Athletic Director Mr. Fritzius said. “Some have gone without practice for weeks.”
Among these teams include baseball, lacrosse, and tennis; all of whom have seen game cancellations throughout their seasons. These events have been rescheduled to later dates, weekends included, and have seriously cut into practice time for the teams.
“We have had quite a few games cancelled, and so far we have only had eight games in total in a month with barely any actual time to learn our plays, or formations because of practice cancellations,” sophomore lacrosse player Nick Shima said.
“Pitchers in baseball after they throw 5 or more innings typically need 4 days rest. This is a huge problem for us because when you have games back to back to back you run into not having enough pitching.”
The Red Lion boy’s tennis team has seen the most harm, receiving six postponements for their matches alone, with multiple practices being canceled as well. “The rain has been brutal,” said freshman tennis player Max Moyer. “And now we have nine matches in a row, without any practice.”
Some are worried that the horrible weather might affect their playtime negatively. However, Fritzius assures that this is not the case, Time is not really a problem, but if it comes down to it we will be willing to skip exhibition matches in order to finish out the regular season, and that is what really matters.”
Though reassuring, many spring sports seasons do not conclude until the beginning of May, and April showers may still come around and make it tough for teams to play. “I really hope that it doesn’t rain again,” commented tennis player Alec Gayrama. “I would be upset, but I am keeping my hopes up.”
Pictured above: Brady Taylor. Photo by Michael Connors
By Adrianna Clinton
The varsity’s past season played a promising role for the future, as they made it to the first round of district playoffs. They finished their past season with a 10-9 overall record, their performance on the road contributed largely to their record as only one of those seven games were wins. On the contrary home games seemed to benefit the team the most as Lions only lost once in five of their games on Horn Field.
However, Dakota Boring went on to say that goals for the varsity team include improving their play on the road, as well as having a winning season and advancing further into districts.
Other fellow sophomore Logan Hoover has a good feeling about this upcoming season for both teams. “We are going to have a good group of kids...our team has a lot of chemistry and there is a lot of talent this year.”
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