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Baseball team looks to build off impressive last season

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The players huddle around Coach Evans after a home game last season. The team ended with the season with a 14-5 record.

The players huddle around Coach Evans after a home game last season. The team ended with the season with a 14-5 record.

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The players huddle around Coach Evans after a home game last season. The team ended with the season with a 14-5 record.

Megan Lime, Reporter

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With March just getting started there is a lot of anticipation of how the varsity baseball season is going to go this year after a 14-5 season last year and losing in the regional championships last season to opponent Eastern Tech.

Overall, Coach Ric Evans was pleased with the season last year and how everyone came around.

“I predict we get past the regional final game that got us last year,” Evans said. “I’d like to see us go all the way to the very end.”

Evans is relying heavily on the eight sophomores he pulled up to varsity two years ago.

“You can see those guys maturing, getting better throughout the year,” Evans said. “We’re expecting a lot.”

“I feel like we have a good shot at winning a state championship,” shortstop Jimmy Kells (’19) said.

Pitcher Aaron Winsker (’19) feels really confident going into the season and believes they have one of the best teams to ever go through Hereford.

“We have a bunch of experienced baseball players at every position,” center fielder Jimmy Danielczyk (’18) said.

This upcoming season Evans wants to make more use of the team’s time outside due to weather.

“I think we need to work on our focus more than everything,” right fielder Jeremy Cain (’18) said.

Winsker also believes the team needs to work on not leaving runners on base.

“I feel like we shouldn’t be over confident; we need to play the game like we know how to play it,” Danielczyk said.

Their biggest opponent this year will be rival Eastern Tech who knocked them out of playoffs last year after Hereford beat them twice in the regular season.

“I’m looking forward to the team this year, we all grew up together as kids; now we’re all playing on varsity trying to win states,” Winsker said.

The majority of the team’s seniors have mixed feelings about this being their last year together.

“I’m excited but also sad it will be my last year playing baseball,” Danielczyk said.

He believes that they will make it to states this year.

“This season is going to be bitter sweet,” said Cain, who also believes the team will make it to states.

Their first home game of the season is Thursday, March 29 at 3:45 pm against Catonsville High School.

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