By Adam Wechsler | Sports Editor
The varsity baseball team is currently 5-2 in district after playing seven games in that category. The next game of the season is Friday, April 10, against Richardson High School.
Early in district play the team beat Richardson by a large margin with a 14-1 victory. Other key games this season have included big wins against Mesquite, North Mesquite and Lake Highlands.
The team’s only two losses of the year have come against Highland Park, where the team was shut out in a 5-0 loss, and against Mesquite Horn, after being narrowly defeated 2-1.
So far this has been good enough for third place in the district. Mesquite Horn is in first place and Highland Park is in second.
“Highland Park is definitely our strongest competition,” senior Reese Svetgoff said. “We lost to them earlier in the year, but mainly due to our own mistakes. We play them again April 14, and it will be a great game.”
Following the team’s success from last year, the team has jumped into a great position so far for this season, and the players are very confident about the rest of the season.
“We only have seven games left in the season, so we are pretty confident we will be able to make the playoffs and succeed there,” senior Brandon DeFrank said. “Our goal is to make it to the playoffs and win, and we believe that we can do it.”
The team’s offense so far has been a strong point, which is shown by winning by multiple runs on more than one occasion and only failing to score a run in one district game.
“We have a lot of good bats in our line-up,” senior Malik Jones said. “Being able to hit well will help us finish off the year strong and win our next few games against teams like Richardson, Highland Park and Berkner. With our good offense, we should be able to beat any team we face.”
While the bats are good, the pitching is also very impressive.
“We have been helped a lot by great pitching from Garrett Erickson and Kyle Taylor,” Brandon said. “While our hitting has helped us take the lead in most of our games, their pitching as well as the rest of our pitchers have been there to make sure we keep the lead.”