By Justin Seward
The Foremost Flyers majors baseball team is a mix of 11 and 12 year olds from southern Alberta and their main goal is bring home the Norcrest League championship for a second consecutive year.
“This year they’re doing really well and they’re a young majors team,” said coach Dale Bosch.
“But we’ve had them four years now and it’s one of those things that the kids have played together and they’re meshing and starting to really pick up on what ball is all about. You know, running double plays, hustling and knowing the game more than anything. Right now, it seems like their brains are starting to think— you know where do I have to go with the ball.”
Bosch feels the teams’ defence is really strong this season.
“But their defence seems to shut down the other teams more,” he said.
“You don’t get a lot of runs scored on us. If they (opposition) do, they’ve earned it.”
The team went undefeated last year on route to the championship and the coaches wanted to improve on their weaknesses coming into this season.
“The big thing is we’re watching where their weaknesses were from last year and kind of taking that into consideration and writing down a few foot notes on which player needs what,” he said.
“ In this pitching, hopefully these three guys on the bottom here, we can show them a few things and concentrate more on that with their weaknesses. With their strengths, we run through everything. Last year, I knew we were going to have a little trouble hitting. So, this year we’re pounding on the hitting quite a bit in the cage.”
The message from the coaches this season is , “You’ve got a title to uphold. Because you’re younger this year and we’re not expecting another championship— but boy, it sure would be good, and motivate them that way.”
Personal goals for the team are to retain the league title, bring their batting averages up and bring pitch counts down.
The Flyers are a perfect 2-0 in this young season.