Baseball prepares to kick off second varsity season

Millan Jain

The Super Bowl is over and the weather is warming up. The dirt is turning brown as the chalk lines the field.

Yes, it is that time of the year again.

Baseball season is back and for the Bears varsity baseball team, this could be their most exciting season yet. 

For the first time, the varsity team will have a senior class. Despite their youth, the team still earned a bid to the playoffs last season. After a 13-2 first-round exit at the hands of Round Rock, the Bears have something to prove heading into the year. 

“We’re just looking to build upon last year, we made the playoffs without any seniors, that was a pretty big accomplishment, I would say. We just want to make it back to the playoffs, potentially win district and make a state championship push,” senior first baseman Brock Shoffner said. 

This year, Bridgeland has a few grey areas they need to attend to. Head coach Paul Orlando believes they need to be more consistent. He has seen his team play well during some games and vice versa at other games. 

 Many of the seniors started their high school careers at Cypress Ranch High School. This senior class will bring leadership onto the team for the first time. Coach Orlando believes in all should take the role of captain rather than a select few.

“I think that just brings a maturity level. You got a handful of guys that it’s their last go-around and the reality is that these guys are going to be graduating and moving on to whatever the next phase or chapter of their life, and so they have a couple of months left,” Coach Orlando said. 

Before the Bears can start their long journey towards a district title or even a state title, CoachesOrlando and assistant coach Cody Weatherly have questions they need answering, especially when it comes to pitching. 

“It all starts with pitching. And I think our biggest thing is that we’re going to find out through the scrimmages and the first tournaments of the season… our pitching rotation, and especially our starting pitchers,” Coach Orlando said. 

The Bears have nine players who are capable of throwing, some of which are coming off of an injury last year. 

As the start of the season inches closer, every player is honed in on their own personal skill set. 

“My biggest struggle last year was my mental side, but then I got it together. I really turned it around and just got back on the mound since I was hurt last year,” Shoffner said. 

The Bears open their season with a scrimmage against Memorial High School Saturday, February 8, and start district play March 3 against Cypress Springs.