Varsity Baseball keeps their eyes on States
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Last year Linganore baseball went 6-12, and went as far as the Regional Finals during the playoffs. The program had a very young team, and even though they are more experienced this year, they still are considered a young team. This year, varsity baseball sits 5-4, and they’re feeling certain they can make another playoff run.
April 5th was a loss that was against Linganore against Middletown, 4-1. It wasn’t their usual night, The freshman Garrett Swartzbeck was the only one to make it home, going 1 for 3 at bat. The team’s batting average that night was only .167.
The team’s most recent lost was April 10th against TJ High School, 7-1. Another bad night for them as Sam Downs was the only one to make it home. The team overall went .185 at bat.
Linganore baseball’s recent win was April 3rd against Frederick, one of their worst matchups, and won 10-1. These types of games are expected with certain kind of caliber this program has. The team overall had a batting average of .344, Zach Willett, Junior, and Garrett Swartzbeck, Freshmen, both had 2 runs to lead Linganore to a big win.
Sophomore, Cole Lee, injured his right hand early this season against Frederick High School, and is out for the rest of the season for this year. That could easily impact this team, being this early in the season, because Cole Lee has put up tremendous numbers for this program both last year, and early this year.
Last year Lee had a .308 batting average and a .400 OBP (on base percentage). Coming into this season, this year, Lee began to average a .364 batting average and .667 OBP.
Jacob Ference said, “He [Cole] brought consistency on the field defensively and his bat was always great to have in the lineup, and not having it is tough.”
Cole Lee was disappointed, too. “It’s hard watching from the dugout and not having to play, but I have faith in my team to win games. I will miss playing, but I’ll be back next year.”
With more games ahead of them, the varsity team has some tough matchups for them that will test their skills. Urbana, Middletown, and Oakdale are probably Linganore’s worst nightmare, but this team has the capability to overcome these challenges.
Sophomore, Tyler Perry said “We all get along and have a close relationship more like brotherly than friends.”
Perry also said “What we have that other teams lack is we’re able to put a game behind us and forget about the old and focus on the new. A lot of teams harp on what they did last game which affects them the next game, we don’t do that, we come out each game free-minded and ready to play.”