By: Quinn Warmkessel
In the 2019-2020 baseball season there were 7 seniors starting in the field and 13 seniors total on the team. Flash forward to the 2020-2021 baseball season and there is one remaining senior on the team, along with 4 juniors. A young team emerged this year with 5 freshmen on the varsity team. However, young talent does exist on the team. They are well rounded young guys who work hard everyday and want to win as badly as the next guy.
With every young team, leadership is a necessity. The only senior, Quinn Warmkessel, has started for varsity baseball all four years he’s been in the program. Juniors Hunter Rothrock, Tim Schware, and Paul Spann have been on the varsity baseball team for two years, now going onto their third year. With only four upperclassmen on the team, they try their best to help the young players develop and transition their way into high school baseball. “Getting these guys ready for the next level of play isn’t going to be easy. It’s their first time playing 90 feet. It’s different,” says junior Hunter Rothrock.
The team recently played two scrimmages to “knock the dust off.” In their first scrimmage they took onPen Argyl where they ended in a tie at 6-6. “The underclassmen surprised all of us. Some of them hit really well and made great plays in the field,” stated junior Paul Spann. The team is going to need their younger players to step up if they want to make out with a season like they have had in the past.
In their second scrimmage they played Brandywine Heights. The game started out well, scoring two in the first and another two throughout the game. However with a one run lead in the top of the 7th inning, the inexperience showed for them. 4 errors in the field led to 3 runs, giving Brandywine the lead and the win in the end of the game. “Errors are going to happen, it’s just how we get up and get back at it that shows how much heart this team truly has,” shared junior Hunter Rothrock.
The team has faced its struggles early on before the season, but this team has lots of potential. If they can get used to the game and play how hard they work, then the team is looking to be tough to beat.