The varsity baseball team season started off with tough, early losses from Independence Knights from Frisco, Tx on February 25th and another from The Allen Eagles from Allen, Tx on February 27th during tournament matches.
Due to the coronavirus, many changes had to be made to keep everyone healthy and safe. At practices and games the varsity players were expected to practice social distancing and wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, the changes didn’t keep the players any less motivated than past seasons.
“I’m very motivated for this season compared to last year because I understand how easily our season can be taken away,” senior Merrit Jay said. “ I’m also motivated for a district championship and playoff run because I know our team is talented enough to achieve our goals.” said Merrit.
The boys played against Red Oak Hawks on March 4th during a tournament match, and managed to make a comeback with a victory win with a score of 4-2 by the end of the game. The teams baseball season was cut short due to the coronavirus, which makes it important that the teams try their best at each game.
“ We have to split up kids and use both dugouts during practice to social distance.” Coach Kino, one of the varsity baseball coaches, said.,” I am constantly reminding my players to pull up their masks or neck gators.” Coach Kino explained.
The coronavirus has made it difficult for the team to have a full season this year. Games have to be canceled or postponed if a player from another team or on the team catches the virus, so it is important to wear a mask and wash your hands regularly.
Currently the Vikes maintain 4th place in district and appear to have a 46% win so far in the season.
“As a coach, what has always been the most important thing to me is building the coach/player relationship and helping to grow them into good young men.” said Coach Kino. “ I hope I played a small part in helping them achieve that success.” said Coach Kino.