“I was hoping we could practice at noon, but you can’t control the weather nor what shape the field will be in once the rains stop,” said Adam Williams, Cass’ first-year varsity baseball coach.
A frustrated Williams sought at least another full day of reinforcing the fundamentals of baseball before today’s home opener versus Armuchee. He also wanted to make sure that the Colonels were mentally prepared to endure their 23-game regular season schedule
Last season, the Colonels opened up with a loss to Woodstock before winning six of their seven games. But something happened along the way to a 14-12 overall record and a 9-11 7-AAAA region record that negated a playoff appearance. Of those 12 losses, six were by two runs or less.
“There were several reasons that contributed to last year’s collapse,” said Sam Ayers, the Colonels’ opening day shortstop. “The main reason was that we lost focus.”
Lack of focus contributed to a slew of unforced errors and a shaky defense. In turn, Cass’ pitching staff relied more on strikeouts than putouts and assists to win ballgames.
“We [the pitching staff] held our breath when it came to our defense last season,” said Dylan Williams, a senior, who will be the Colonels’ opening day pitcher. “I’m confident our fans will see a much improved defensive unit this year.”
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