Baseball looks to stay in playoff hunt


Carter Bryant

Sophomore Cameron Pool slides into second base.

Matthew Fisher, Staff Reporter

The baseball team (9-14, 3-4) looks to end their three-game losing streak as they play away tonight at Wylie East Raiders (14-5, 5-2) at 7:30 p.m.

“Losing three straight puts some pressure on us, because we know we have to win a good amount of games in order to make playoffs,” junior Nicholas Garcia said. “We’re confident that we can get something going and finish this season off strong.”

Looking back at Tuesday night’s 1-0 loss, the Leopards plan to adjust their game plan.

“I think a change in mentality is what will help,” senior Grant Doig said. “If we go into any game lackadaisical then we are already putting ourselves behind. For Friday we’re going to go out there and prepare to leave it all on the field.”

With their struggle to get hits against the Raiders in their last match, the Leopards have put focus into batting during practice.

“We’ve been waiting back and hitting the ball the other way,” junior Mason Marsh said. “Just keeping our hands inside and front shoulder close.”

The Leopards also plan on capitalizing on the Raiders’ batting.

“They’re an average team,” Garcia said. “They didn’t really hit the ball to well, their runner got on and scored, but got on because of an error. So if we execute plays and play like the team I know we are capable of, we will get this win on Friday and continue to win more throughout the season.”

With the first look of Wylie East Tuesday, Marsh said his team is confident for Friday.

“They don’t hit very well and Jake [Terwilliger] always gives us a chance for a win,” Marsh said. “We are very confident going into Friday’s game and realize we need to step it up.”

The Leopards currently sit at sixth place in District 15 and are two games back from the fourth playoff spot.

“We are very confident we will make it to playoffs,” said Marsh. “We have the toughest teams in district out of the way and plan on doing well for the rest of the season. We control our own destiny which is a really good spot to be in.”