Senior AJ Anderson prepares for a tough practice. Photo by Emily Moore

Senior AJ Anderson prepares for a tough practice. Photo by Emily Moore

4:30am. Wake up. Get dressed. Eat breakfast. Drive to school.

5:15am. Bats clinking. Shoes squeaking. Sweat dripping. Gloves echoing.

6:45am. Wipe the sweat. Go to school. Do the work. Take care of business.

The sun is out. The snow has melted. The grass is turning greener. Spring? No. It’s savage season.

     Baseball is in full swing, and with a new head coach, the team is hoping to hit one out of the park this year. Alan DiGiosio, former Chaparral pitching coach, has moved up to the head coach role this year. Seeking a league championship, DiGiosio believes they can achieve their goal “with a commitment to playing unselfish and team oriented baseball.”

     Members of the coaching staff aren’t the only ones with big goals -- the boys are prepared for the season as well. With seniors like AJ Anderson, Aaron Hammann, and Brad Weems returning, the team is stacked with potential. The younger guys are talented and goal driven too. “We get along well and enjoy playing the game together. We can be very successful as a team if we are laser focused on winning, as well as having each other’s backs,” said junior Andrew Psaltis.

     The team will take the field for the first time in a tournament in Arizona over Spring Break. The attitude and the expectations of this team are in the right place. With consistent hard work, teamwork, determination, this team can have a lot of success this year.

By Emily Moore