Through the first stretch of games, coaches get a good idea at what they’re working with team-wise and how each piece of the puzzle will fit into the overall scheme.
By the halfway point in district competition, coaches have a good handle on the direction the team is going and the Tiger nine have been on the upward trend since suffering the only district loss of the year to Fulshear, 5-0.
That margin of loss still resonates with Sealy head coach Dane Bennett, but maybe not in the way you’d think.
“Losing to Fulshear was a loss that hurt obviously in the way that we lost, but I think in the end it actually was a good thing because it allowed us to refocus and have to find our identity as a team again,” Bennett noted. “[To go 5-1] in the first round of district was a full team effort. We had several different guys step up because of injury and they have taken advantage of their opportunities. We have had really good pitching, pretty good defense, and have found ways to score runs when needed.”
That was put on display in the most recent victory, a 14-0 decision in only five innings on Royal’s diamond.
Surely that sort of win will only add onto the positive feelings the team has been experiencing but it’s been everythig put together that has got the job done so far.
“I believe that as a team we are feeling very confident and excited as we head into the final stretch of district,” Bennett added. “Since day one we have set goals for ourselves and one of our goals is to win a District Championship as well as be playing into May and hopefully June. This team is ready for the stretch after a much-needed bye and I think we are starting to hit our stride again.”
That stride is evident in the 15-5 overall record and that one-loss district record which has come from a variety of athletes.
Garret Zaskoda, Chaplin Moore, Clay Roberts, Hunter Kelley, Tyler Hennessey, Rhys Reichardt and Alan Anderson were all cited by Bennett as “taking advantage of their opportunities,” to help lead the Tigers on the path to success.
On top of that, Joseph Teague was brought up as one of those injury replacements, this one at third base for Garrett Redden, and has been a pleasant surprise as well as Carter Cryan’s efforts on the hill, specifically the games against Needville and Royal, Bennett added.
This week sees a home and away game for Sealy, with Wharton coming to town Tuesday and a trip to El Campo scheduled for Friday.
Moving forward, the message is “pretty simple” according to Bennett.
“Just do what has made us successful up to this point in the season,” he stated. “Continue being great team players first, trust the process, have great attitudes, effort and focus and remember what our purpose is for playing this game that we enjoy so much.”