Not only because of the current state of the pandemic, but the hold back caused by the snow week, the baseball team has begun their season later than anticipated. As of now, Coach Gordon Gesell, varsity boys baseball coach, has led his team to 2:1 winning start. According to the last season’s statistics, Coach Gesell and the team as whole expects a good season.
“We lost a lot of senior quality players, and the younger kids in the program are stepping up and becoming good players themselves,” Gesell said. “So we’re going to expect an exciting season with our new guys.”
Even with all the COVID-19 protocols, since baseball tends to be a social distanced sport, the team has very little worry on the subject.
“There’s a lot of things with the covid protocol, but you know wearing a mask, social distancing, having their own water bottles, those are just the normal things that everyone is going through,” Gesell said. “We use those same guidelines, but really we’re an outside sport. I really don’t see too much besides having a face covering and being socially distanced.”
Aside from the locker rooms, bus rides, and dugouts, the team is just excited to be able to play this season.
“The kids like to be a little close together in the dugout, but now they just have to spread out a little bit,” Gesell said. “Other than that, they get after it pretty well.”
With all the regulations set this season, Coach Gesell and the team maintain a positive attitude through it all.
“We have a great bunch of kids, they’re exciting to watch.” Gesell said. “People now need to come support them, come see some games when it warms up a little bit.”
As of now, the team is currently participating in a tournament in order to build up wins to participate in the playoffs, where they would have a chance to take the state title.
“We’re two and one currently, we’re in a tournament in Georgetown.” Gesell said. “The kids are playing really well, they’re all getting opportunities to participate and see what they can do. The kids are having to learn to compete at a high level, but that’s what we’re going to need to compete in the district race.”
All in all, both the team and Coach Gesell are ready for the rugged season upon them.
“I think it’s going to be an exciting season for the Jaguars,” Gesell.