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Swinging for the fences: Red Mountain baseball has high hopes

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Red Mountain Lions senior and varsity baseball player Michael Jones swings for the fences. (Marlee Hotchkiss/Special to MyNewsMesa.com)

Spring training is underway and along with it the boy’s baseball season is in full swing. The boys have high hopes this season and are putting in the work to accomplish their goals. After practicing for the past few months, the time has finally come for the Lions to show their skills.

“We have focused a ton on supporting each other, as well as throwing strikes and not wasting pitches or at-bats,” senior and varsity player Michael Jones said.

Coaches and players are working side by side to make this season the most successful yet. Along with their skills on the field, they are all working towards being “one” not only inside but outside of the game as well.

“I feel that this year more than any other, we are more than just each other’s teammates,” junior and varsity player Samuel Clow said. “We are working as a team and a big family.”

Practices are key to any team’s success, and the coaches are making use of all the time they have. Players are held up to a high standard at practices by their coaches in order to execute their highest potential and help the team.

“There are some new coaches this year, and there isn’t necessarily changes in practices but rather some philosophies,” head coach Ross Pagel said. “Also, we have a number of returners, in fact many of the varsity players are still juniors along with our strong senior class, so we have high expectations for this season.”

The baseball teams are eager for this spring and ready to come out swinging. Students are encouraged to come out and support the baseball teams at their games. For more information on the varsity, junior varsity and freshmen baseball teams or their schedule, visit http://www.mpsaz.org/rmhs/athletics/programs/baseball/.

– Marlee Hotchkiss is a student at Red Mountain High School in Mesa.

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