By Maddie Schaafsma
Big games are coming for boys varsity baseball and they are ready to win.
For many of the players, the season started in August. Many members of the team would come to school at 6 a.m. to workout and lift before the school day began.
The hard work is paying off. There’s a ton of talent this year and the stats are showing it.
The season started with a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach. Team bonding, practicing, and baseball games all happened over the week. The varsity team won three out of four games. They also went to the beach, walked the boardwalk, and visited the downtown area, all leading to more team chemistry between the boys. The overall goal of the trip was: Get their arms stronger, bats hot, and become closer.
This goal was easily achieved.
Noah Marrera and the senior baseball players.
After coming back to school, the season started slowly. Cancellations, rain out games, and many practices in the gym lead to frustrating weeks.
However, when the weather finally cleared, and the team could get out on the field, their off-season hard work was rewarded with wins.
Once the boys leave the field, the game and encouragement doesn’t stop. The group text is constantly buzzing with ideas for plays and encouragement. Keeping each other accountable is something this team does best.
During a game at Walther Christian Academy, a runner flew and stole third base. Noah Marrera, who is a senior, was the catcher. He tightly gripped the ball as dirt clouded the air and adrenaline pumped through his veins.
It was quick decision time.
Noah wound back his arm and whipped the ball towards third base. But he under threw and it rolled through the infield.
Noah’s first baseman, senior Joey Davidson, was quick with encouraging words. “We keep each other accountable,” Noah explains. “We are team players, and we don’t care about our stats.”
The varsity team is filled with seniors and upperclassmen, but that gives the junior varsity players lots of role models. “I have full confidence in my teammates and they have full confidence in me,” Noah says. “The underclassmen look up to us and the leaders are able to step up.”
Varsity boy’s baseball has something special this year, when regionals come don’t count them out.
About the author: Maddie Schaafsma, junior at Timothy Christian Schools, has attended TC since pre-school. She has been playing soccer all her life and has been on Timothy’s Varsity team since freshman year. Writing is her passion, and she hopes to be a reporter for ABC news one day! Above all, Maddie strives to serve and glorify the Lord in all she does.