Al­covy High base­ball is hop­ing for a big sea­son

The Covington News - - Sports - By Brian Harper

As the 2008 base­ball sea­son gets un­der­way, the Al­covy Tigers look to wipe the slate clean af­ter a poor first sea­son. With a year of ex­pe­ri­ence un­der their belts and a new form of ma­tu­rity set in, the Tigers set their scopes for a great sea­son.

Now, af­ter a dis­mal rookie sea­son (4-22 over­all), the Tigers spent much of their off­sea­son grow­ing up and grow­ing big­ger.

“Our bod­ies are stronger and our guys are older,” said as­sis­tant coach Nigel Lawer. “We spent the whole off­sea­son in the weight room pre­par­ing for this sea­son. Last year we started the sea­son with a lot of fresh­men and sopho­mores who men­tally weren’t ready. Now we are a year older and a lot stronger.”

So af­ter a gru­el­ing year in the weight room for the Tigers, Lawer is hop­ing that the of­fense will come alive as a di­rect re­sult of all the hard work.

“We have that strength we were miss­ing. Now we can let our bats do the work,” he said.

But with ev­ery good of­fense a team needs a good de­fense, and this team seems to be hardly lack­ing any. The Tigers, led by open­ing day starter Beau Thomas, will be ac­com­pa­nied with a solid ro­ta­tion, in­clud­ing two other three left-han­ders.

“We have a very bal­anced ro­ta­tion,” said Lawer. “This will def­i­nitely be one of our team’s strengths.”

The only down­fall Al­covy seems to face this year will once again be their youth.

“I don’t see any phys­i­cal or men­tal weak­ness,” said Lawer. “It is all go­ing to de­pend on our ma­tu­rity. It may come down to us hav­ing to play sev­eral sopho­mores and ju­niors at one time.”

And al­though the youth and in­ex­pe­ri­ence may be a fac­tor for the Tigers and their coaches, the play­ers don’t seem to mind.

“We are an all-around great team,” said se­nior short­stop El­lis Fan­ning. “We have great chem­istry and ev­ery­one plays very well. We don’t have any show-boaters and we all play to­gether as a team.”

Well said, con­sid­er­ing it hap­pens to be one of the goals Al­covy head coach Joe Mob­ley is look­ing to achieve.

“We are re­ally work­ing hard to come to­gether as a team,” said Mob­ley. “If we can do that and make those strides and progress in the de­vel­op­ment of this pro­gram we will win some ball games.”

And win­ning ball games is ex­actly what this team wants to do.

“I just want to win more games than last year,” said cen­ter fielder Cole Log­gins.

Fan­ning agreed, tak­ing it a step fur­ther.

“Dou­bling the wins of last year and hope­fully mak­ing it to the play­offs would be nice,” he said.

All great wishes for the Tigers, but the coach­ing staff hopes to ac­com­plish a lit­tle bit more.

“I would love to see us win 15 games this year,” said Lawer. “I be­lieve we have the tal­ent to win those games and make it to the play­offs.”

With their goals and ex­pec­ta­tions in line, the sec­ondyear Tigers look to make a new name for them­selves on the di­a­mond this sea­son. Al­ready win­ning a pre­sea­son game against So­cial Cir­cle by the score of 10-6, the Tigers are hun­gry for more suc­cess.

“We are go­ing to play hard and take this team as far as we pos­si­bly can,” said Lawer.


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