Tiger Baseball Slides Towards State

 

By Kirsten Hernandez

On Friday, May 6, the Sterling Tigers played the Valley Vikings. This home conference game against Valley finished with a score of 9-6. Although Sterling lost the game, they continued to work hard and prepare for the rest of the season.

Sophomore Errick Denning talked about his plans in preparation for the rest of the season. “We are working on being the best competitors we can be and win games and have fun all at the same time,” he said.

Sophomore Ryan Mack also talked about what he plans to do to prepare for the rest of the season.

“Being an injured player, there is not much I can do to ‘prepare’ for the rest of the season, but I have been and will be helping out where I can, such as scouting hitters and preparing pitch sequences,” he said.

As part of playing any sport, one is bound to make great memories. The best memory from this season so far for Denning was playing Eaton at Tiger Field.

“We played a tough game and even though we lost, we really proved ourselves,” he said.

Mack’s favorite memory from the season so far is being a part of Evan Wisdom’s 2-hit shutout.

“It was unreal. He, Braedon Kloberdanz and I worked extremely well together; Evan pitching, Braedon catching, and me calling pitches,” he said.

Playing any sport there are always goals that one wants to work towards during the season. This is very true for both Denning and Mack. For Denning, his biggest goal for this season is “getting to the 20th game and do some damage at state.”

Mack’s biggest goal for the season is “to build as much into the program as possible.”

“Our motto this year has been ‘do simple better’ and when we overthink or have a physical error, Coach will remind us of that motto,” said Denning.

SHS baseball coach Jeff Squier has said multiple times that his goal is to turn SHS baseball into something like that of Eaton’s; not just a winning program, but a program that kids look forward to playing for.

Overall, the Sterling Tigers boys’ baseball team has won six and lost eight of their league games. Although this may not be their best season, Denning and Mack are both happy and satisfied with their season.

“Yes, I’m happy with the season so far. Everyone on the team has put a lot of time and effort into this season, and we’ve all grown as players and as people,” said Mack.

“I have really liked the way we have come together as a team and bonded,” said Denning.

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