Baseball prepares for upcoming season

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Photo by Kate Knauff

Senior Tre Henry is pitching the ball against Prosper at Hebron. Pitching is one of the team’s strengths this year, according to Stone.

Baseball will start its season on Feb. 27 against McKinney High School at 11 a.m. at home.

“We have had three weeks of practice and two weeks of scrimmages, and we start our three weeks of tournaments coming up in the next three weeks,” head coach Steve Stone said. “That’ll go a long way and help us put the pieces of the puzzle together and get those pitchers’ arms in shape.”

The team will be participating in the Lake Cities Classic tournament, competing against McKinney, Midland Lee, Byron Nelson, Arlington Martin and Denton Guyer. All of the games will be home games and will be played from Feb. 27-29.

“We have a lot of returning starters, guys that had a lot of success last year, which ought to bode well for this season,” Stone said. “ We have a lot of depth on the pitching mound and a lot of guys who know how to pitch and can mess up the timing of the hitters, while we also have good power at the plate.”

Last year, the team beat Keller in the bi-district round of playoffs and Mansfield in area to make it to the regional quarterfinals, where the team lost to Flower Mound losing two games to one.

“We always have real high expectations,” Stone said. “Our goal is to make and to go deep into the playoffs. We are in a good baseball playing area, and I feel like we should be one of the better teams in this area.”

The team had scrimmages against Frisco Liberty, Plano East, Keller and Prosper, winning all scrimmages besides Keller.

“Our mantra is ‘together,’ so as long as we stay together, we will have an opportunity to do well,” Stone said. “As long as the guys don’t start worrying about who gets the credit and to just pass the baton around.”