Baseball season is getting underway in Louisa and the Lions are looking to improve on last season’s results.
“Last year, we had a lot of growing pains,” said Head Coach Kevin Fisher. “The kids have been working hard and we had a really good first week of practice.”
The Lions hope to find more success in the coming season than they did last year, which they ended with a 14-6 record. To that end, the Lions are primarily focusing on their defense this season. Most of the team’s losses were close ones, with struggles to find consistent pitching playing a big role.
“We lost nine games by two runs or less,” Fisher said. “If we can cut out the walks, some of those losses might turn into wins.”
The Lions return several members of last year’s team, including pitcher Ethan Snyder and infielders Logan Fifer and Michael Barber, who has already committed to play at Mary Baldwin University next year. Rounding out the list are Braiden Byers, Evan Cash, Bryce Clarke, Josh Cutright, Keegan Kracke and Caleb Reeves.
Snyder said he has already seen marked improvement from last year.
“We’ve definitely grown a lot,” he said. “There’s a lot more focus on and off the field. We’re working together as a team and playing more as a team.”
The other team members are new players Lucas Cash, Sean Karney, Perry Hopkins and Brent Wallace, who Fisher hopes will bring some depth to the pitching lineup and fill some open places in the Lions’ outfield.
While the team is looking to find success this year and hopes to make some noise in postseason play, Fisher has another goal in mind for the season.
“Our main goal is just getting better every game and learning a lot from each game, regardless of how we do, and trying to improve that way,” he said.
The Lions officially start their season with a home contest against the Monticello Mustangs on March 17. Action begins at 6:30 p.m.