Early birds on the diamond
November 10, 2016
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Meridian High School’s baseball team recently started work on the field to better their fundamentals and come together as a team. These early practices have been put on by players and coaches anxious for the season.
Meridian is getting an early start on the season to be more fundamentally prepared and to work as a team. “Our upper classmen like Hayden Damery and Tanner Bourisaw are gone so we will need the lower classmen to step up,” said senior Justin Hendrian, a four year member of the baseball team. The team faces a challenge of not having the pitching they had last year, so they will need all the help they can get.
“I like the practices and think it will help us get a good start on the season,” said sophomore Gerrett Meisenhelter, a two year member of the baseball team. Meisenhelter has played baseball from a young age and thinks these practices are important for many reasons. Meisenhelter said that they are a “young team but they have talent and will put up a fight.”
Meridian has multiple freshmen starting to work with the team. They have talent and the hopes are that these practices will teach them discipline and get them ready for the high school baseball experience.
Jeremy Spears, one of Meridian’s baseball coaches, believes, “These early practices will improve the teams physical strengths which will help prevent injuries and increase player knowledge.” The players of the team will have a baseball mindset transition early letting them be baseball focused long before the season.
Spears also added that the goal of these early practices are to get a “head start” on the season and to be “better prepared and better fundamentally prepared” than the opponents they will face this year.