The 2018 Rock Creek baseball team has 39 players out this season and has high goals for the season.
“Our goals this season are to win the league title, win a regional title and and win a state title,” second-year assistant coach Patrick Bramhall said. “We are hoping to improve every day in order to be able to compete for a state championship.”
While Bramhall mentioned the team goals, the upperclassmen have some goals of their own.
“Our seniors all want an undefeated regular season this year and to continue to go on and win the state championship,” senior Kealy Fox said.
The varsity team started their season on March 29 against Marysville. The boys won both games, with the first game being 15-5 and the second game being 15-0.
“We need to improve our bats,” Bramhall said. “We haven’t had a chance to see a lot of live pitching, and we need to clean up our approach at the plate before we start playing games.”
In addition to needing more experience and practice, Bramhall said there were other obstacles.
“Some of the challenges this season are dealing with the weather, staying healthy and finding the best line up,” Bramhall said.
However, the baseball team also has a lot of strengths as the players begin the season.
“The team has a lot of depth across the board, with many kids looking to contribute to the team,” Bramhall said, while Fox added that the team has “a strong lineup this year.”
The amount of players also contributes to the team being a close group.
“We have a really strong bond,” Fox said. “Our motto is family, so we show up every day and try and support each other and help each other out as much as we can.”
Bramhall also said, “The older group is very tight knit, and they’re very good with the younger players as well.”
With the season just starting, the coaches and players are excited to see the results.
“The best part about the season is winning and celebrating together” said junior Cameron Minihan.
“My favorite thing about baseball season would definitely be going out with my friends every day and looking forward to state,” Fox said. “One thing that sets us apart from all of the other teams is that we always have the drive to keep going on, we never give up, [and] in the back of our head, we always know we’re going to pull through and make things happen.”
Article by staff member Emily Ritchey
Photo by adviser Jessica Augustine