Varsity splits DH with major leaguer’s select team
The Eagles took 1 of 2 games yesterday vs. a local high school select team, Cruz Baseball. The program is run by Enrique Cruz, former MLB infielder for the Brewers and Reds, son of Jose Cruz and brother of Jose Cruz Jr. – truly a legendary baseball family.
It was a tale of two games, particularly offensively. The Eagles got on base 12 times in game 1 en route to a 6-2 victory. Only 6 batters reached base in game 2, and we were shut out 3-0. Cruz’s pitching deserves some credit for the difference; they trotted out several quality pitchers, some throwing well into the 80s. The Eagles pitching and defense was also pretty solid throughout.
Coach Dana reiterated the importance of working on the swing at home with conditioning and purposeful tee work, saying “if you’re not working at home between practices and games, it’s going to be very hard to have any success at this level. The good news is that you have time to put in that work between now and spring.” Certainly true considering that our opponents schedule workout time for their players and practice every weekday after school.
This is a lesson our returning Varsity players learned years ago; each of them would tell you that their commitment to that work at home is the only reason their games improved enough to compete at the high school Varsity level. The homeschooling way of life has so many blessings for students as well as parents, but that schedule flexibility also creates a need for disciplined work at home in order to compete with teams who institute a far more structured practice and workout regimen. It’s the only way each player will reach their best potential.
Hopefully something the Eagles, no matter what age or experience level, will take to heart in learning what it means to give your very best effort toward a goal and for a team cause…
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. — Colossians 3:23
(FYI click here for workout guidelines, posted in early Aug.)