Summerville baseball starts spring practice

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Summerville baseball starts spring practice

Baseball bats lined up against the dugout.

Baseball bats lined up against the dugout.

Colby Shirey

Baseball bats lined up against the dugout.

Colby Shirey

Colby Shirey

Baseball bats lined up against the dugout.

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The 2018-2019 Summerville baseball season is kicking up with tryouts on the 28th of January. The players are looking forward to a great season, especially the seniors. Summerville’s baseball team is looking to add to the list of 5 state champions.

“I feel like it’s going to be a good season: we’re going to have a lot of younger guys. Because of that, we’re gonna have to start from the basics and work are way back up,” said Coach Murray, who is a coach for the upcoming Junior Varsity season, “The older guys are gonna have to step up and lead the younger guys.”

With a team that has a high percentage of underclassmen players, the coaches are going to have to make sure to thoroughly review the basics of the game.

“[We don’t have as many players who are focusing on] pitching, but hopefully some of the young kids will step in and fill those roles,” said Coach Monnet, who is the B-Team head coach.

Summerville’s baseball teams may have to worry about pitching, but the coaches have confidence that new players will contribute to the spots left by graduating seniors.

“We’ll be playing a couple teams from out of district, hopefully we do good in the IP Classic, that’s kind of a big one,” stated Coach Murray, “Lots of scouts are coming out, and the competition is going to be stiff.”

The competition for Varsity is going to be tough because there is a lot of players going against each other for spots.

“I’ve been on Varsity for two years now, and I feel like our team is pretty good and we will win region,” said Brody Hopkins, a junior at Summerville.

Brody Hopkins currently plays centerfield and pitches for Summerville’s Varsity baseball team.

“My favorite thing about playing for Summerville is how close everybody is with each other,” said AC Heaton, a senior and Varsity pitcher, outfielder, and first baseman.

“Being able to play a game you love with people you are close with makes the game fun, at least that is the reason I still play,” Heaton continued.

That’s Summerville’s goal, to get a state championship. People are looking forward to it.

“This year I am going to work harder as well as all the other seniors on the team because we want to end our season dog-piling on the field after winning a state championship,” said AC heaton about this upcoming baseball season.

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