Eastview’s reigning Class 3A champions want to be known for what they accomplish in their own right in 2013.
This year’s Eastview baseball team is trying to leave a legacy, so much so that the word is the team motto and printed on the back of every player’s shirt.
Even though the Lightning won its first state championship last year in its first appearance in the tournament, this year’s players don’t want to extend that legacy.
They want to start their own.
“We’re just trying to … carve our own legacy,” senior pitcher and captain Grant Martinson said. “We just want to… make sure that we leave our legacy like those guys in the past have.”
Last year’s team was nearly half seniors, including three of Eastview’s four all-tournament selections. Coach Tom Strey said his Class 3A championship team had collective talent apart from game skills that helped it succeed.
“They knew how to win and they knew how to compete real well,” Strey said. “There was never a moment that was bigger than what they could handle.”
This year’s team is starting to emulate that confidence, he said, but is using the early part of the season to gain experience before embarking on another championship run.
Junior pitcher and outfielder Marcus Frederickson said the experience level makes this year’s team different from the last. It’s the first time many of them have played at the varsity level, he said.
“So we just have to get used to the different difficulty … and skill level,” Frederickson said.
From a coaching perspective, Strey said it has been exciting to see which young players step up and surprise him with their ability.
“These guys have kind of been patient,” Strey said. “They’ve waited their turn and now it’s kind of their chance to do something.”
Last year, the Lightning finished with a 14-5 record. This year, the team has a 6-4 record and sits third in the South Suburban Conference.
While Strey said statistically the two teams are similar, this year’s team shouldn’t strive to repeat last year’s championship results.
“I don’t think they should feel pressure because this is their team,” Strey said. “It’s a new year. You know, it’s not like we have everybody coming back and then they’re looking to repeat. This is a totally new team and so they’re just trying to make their own way.”
Senior shortstop and captain Derek Scheibel said initially his team did think it had to perform just as well as last year’s team.
“We’ve kind of gotten away from that,” Scheibel said. “Now we realize that we’re a good team just as we are with the guys we have. So I think we’re doing pretty well just with our own standards.”
But Martinson said his teammates haven’t forgotten what the graduated players showed them was possible.
|Boston - WP: M. Ott||4||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: M. Hoffman||3|
|San Francisco||2||Top 5th Inning|
|Colorado||2||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|LA Lakers||46||3rd Qtr|
|Toronto||0||1st Prd 19:17|
|UC Santa Barbara||38|
|San Diego St||73|
|Utah Valley U||83|
|Cal State Fullerton||56||FINAL|
|Long Beach State||66|
|Sam Houston St||70|
|Alabama A&M||59||2nd Half 3:20|
|Eastern Mich||55||2nd Half 7:09|
|UC Riverside||41||2nd Half 3:52|
|CS-Bakersfield||53||2nd Half 7:03|
|Rhode Island||55||2nd Half 7:57|
|Portland State||52||2nd Half 3:48|
|Fresno State||54||2nd Half 9:31|
|Oregon||58||2nd Half 4:43|
|Northwestern||57||2nd Half 2:59|
|Miss State||51||2nd Half 16:42|
|Georgia Tech||37||2nd Half 15:11|
|ULM||43||2nd Half 14:53|
|Marquette||38||2nd Half 16:27|
|West Virginia||16||2nd Half 19:51|
|Charlotte||13||1st Half 13:19|
|Boise State||10:30 PM|
|New Mexico St|
|Miss Valley St||68||FINAL|
|(22) Middle Tennessee||69|
|William & Mary||65|
|Old Dominion||45||2nd Half 14:17|
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