New season, new attitude for baseball team

Cougars to rely on returners for improvement


Eighth grader Garrett Garcia prepares to throw a pitch Aug. 28 home game against Coolidge. The Cougars lost the game to the Cubs, 5-4.

Pedro Ibanez, Staff Writer

     After a mediocre season last year, the Cactus Canyon baseball team has brought in assistant baseball coach Josh Serdy to help the team get better. He said experience, confidence, and the ability to adapt will be keys to improving.
     The team is hoping that experience and adapting to an attitude of winning will help the team get better.
     The coach’s hope that school on Friday will give them more days to practice so that they can improve their skills.
     “Extra practices a month, and more time(to practice),” Serdy said.
     On the field, Serdy said being smart on the basepaths and clutch hitting will help the team improve.
     “Base running and not leaving runners on base (are two areas for improvement,” Serdy said.
     The coaches are also relying on some of the teams players for leadership.
     “Practice, lots of experience, and strong eighth graders” Serdy said. “A lot (eighth graders) Garrett Garcia, Nathan Acosta, Cayden Serdy, and Chris Vaccaro.
     Head coach Carlos Acosta has lofty goals for the 2018 team.
     “Ultimately the championship (and) a winning season,” Acosta said. “I see the talent this team has, based off of our talent I see that we can pull through” Acosta said.
     Whatever the final record, the coaches are hoping the players learn more than baseball, they’re trying to teach them about life.
      “(We want them to learn) to be good teammates and be nice,” Serdy said.
     After five games, the Cougars are 3-2 and in position to make the league playoffs.