Baseball Team Fights through Season

Senior Manny Cartagena gets ready to hit against South Western. Photograph by Owen Stover
Senior Manny Cartagena gets ready to hit against South Western. Photograph by Owen Stover
Owen Stover

The baseball team lost to South Western last week, 4-7, with a record of 8-10.

Despite five home runs against South Western, the team as a whole is showing some growing pains, according to coach Joel Stoneberg.

“There are a lot of new kids on the team and lots of kids graduating,” Stoneberg said. “Lots of kids are in the lineup that have not played varsity baseball before.”

The season has seen some defensive bright spots.

Baseball player Grayson Copenhaver hits against South Western. Photograph by Owen Stover (Owen Stover)

“Our strength so far has been pitching,” Stoneberg said. “All of our pitchers are currently sitting at right around a 2 ERA or lower.”

Stoneberg sees this season as an overall chance for the team to grow.

It is going well,” Stoneberg said. “It’s a great opportunity, every time we lose a class of guys… it gives the new guys an opportunity to step up, and they get better each game.”

Players have learned to stay focused, such as starting catcher senior Manny
Cartagena, who has had 5 homerooms and has batted close to 400 this season.

“Physically, I work out four times a week, sometimes 5 to stay strong, stay ready physically,” Cartagena said. “Mentally, …spending time with family members, friends, and my girlfriend, it all gives you like a different perspective on baseball and just allows you to relax.”

The team has worked hard during practices this season, focusing on more than just hitting.

JuniorConner Barshinger warms-up before the game. Photograph by Owen Stover (Owen Stover)

“Having lots of hitting, working on framing and non-framing is quick, and making sure…throw-downs are good,” Cartagena said.

Sophomore Lucas Coleman also sees the benefits of hanging out with the team.

“It’s not just about playing baseball,” Coleman said. “…all my friends are on the team; I get to enjoy time with them. You are always having fun.”


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