High hopes as baseball season begins

High hopes as baseball season begins

Dylan Busby, Senior Writer

The Coogs 2018 season came to a disappointing end after a 1-2 series against a bitter rival in the Mildcats. The team now looks to rebound with what might be the best squad since the 2013 state champions.

“This is the best team we’ve had since I’ve been here,” said standout pitcher and Texas State commit Eric Oakes. “We are definitely going to win state this year.”

Eric, along with Texas Tech Commit Eli Kerim, future Baylor Bear Mason Marriot and two sport star Kasen Handal a group of seniors ready to leave their mark on Tomball history books.

“All of our seniors are great leaders,” Assistant Coach Mathew Grayshon said. “We expect them to help mold the younger guys”

The underclassmen may have time to play in the future, but are in
“win now” mode.

“We’re a lot more motivated this year,” junior outfielder Kyle Eslick said, “We got rid of a lot of guys that were slacking off last year.”

With the new district alignment, the good guys in red now face powerhouse Kingwood Park (who would lose in the playoffs to the eventual state champs), New Caney (a playoff team last year), Montgomery (a team descending from 6A to 5A), along with Lake Creek, Caney Creek and Porter who all look to make a postseason berth after failing to last year.

Tomball will see some familiar faces however, re-matching will Huntsville, who scored two runs in two games against the Coogs while letting up a whopping 19, and Willis a team that nearly scared Rush and the boys to open district last year in a 8-5 game at the Coogs’ ballpark, but could not defend their home field in losing 12-2.

The Coogs opened the season against Winn last night, and play their first home game on March 3 against Katy. Tomball will open district play at home against Caney Creek on March 14.