Cougars Baseball Continues Tonight Against Central

Brooke Sauceda, Reporter

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Clovis High baseball looks to continue its season following the team’s 2-2 finish in the Fresno Easter Classic.

The Cougars will continue league play today at Central with first pitch at 3:45 p.m.

Head coach James Patrick is ready to take on another season as Clovis High’s head coach. Although there is some experience on the team from last season, this offseason brought a lot of new players.

“Virtually everyone else is a new player to the starting line up but I couldn’t be happier with the effort these guys are giving and putting forth everyday,” said Patrick.

The underclassmen on the team have put in the effort to prove they deserve their spot on varsity.

“We have some underclassmen that have stepped up in the preseason and have done a good job for us,” said Patrick.

This season in particular is more focused on the effort, commitment, talent and ability of the team rather than any one individual.

Patrick said “It’s a good group of guys and we just gotta continue to keep playing together and let this season take its course.”

Patrick feels that the team’s success will come because of their chemistry, an important part of a team that can build morale during games.

“There’s a good team chemistry about us and I really like that,” said Patrick. “Sometimes that’s more important than talent.”

One of the key factors of last year’s season was the excellent pitching and although two of the Cougar’s best arms are gone, Darby Tatum and Chet Allison, senior Blake Soderston was a key contributor to pitching last season. He threw in seven games and end the 2017 season with a 2.05 ERA.

Senior shortstop Jay Massey and junior catcher Darrien Miller both return for their third season on varsity. Each of the guys has been a staple on the team for the last three season. Massey ended the 2017 season with a .260 batting average and 16 RBIs. Miller ended the 2017 season with a .253 batting average and 18 RBIs.

But Patrick has made it clear that this season’s wins will be a team effort, even with pitching.

“And for us we feel like we have a good complementary players that are complementary to each other and I don’t think we have to really on one single person to pitch,” said Patrick.

As the league games start the Cougar’s will have tough competition, especially with Clovis West and Buchanan whose teams both have three-year varsity members.

And despite how young Clovis High’s team is the program’s legacy always helps them stay competitive.

“We have a good tradition in baseball and tradition doesn’t ever really graduate,” said Patrick.  

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Cougars Baseball Continues Tonight Against Central