In the Dugout, Behind the Bases, Up to Bat

KatieHeissenbuttel

Staff Reporter

The Chattahoochee baseball team has gotten things rolling with the first seven games of the season and are focusing on the rest of its season.  This season the team  This year’s team, led by Ryan Zweber(JR), Cameron Herman(JR), Curtis Adcock(JR), Zack Solomon(JR) and seniors Patrick Hoffmann(SR), Nick Palermo(SR) and Tristen McDaniel(SR), should be competitive within the region and is expected to be better than last year.

Compared to last year the competition level is expected to be higher and a few lineup changes were made to accommodate for the seniors that graduated. Coming into this season, Coach Lemons had to replace the catcher, 2nd base, 3rd base and shortstop. The coaches have Jack Shevlin(JR) playing 2nd base, Curtis Addcock as catching, Mason List(SO) playing 3rd and Patrick Hoffmann playing shortstop. Not only is Patrick Hoffmann the closer of the team, but he is also one of the starting pitchers along with Ryan Zweber and Zach Solomon.

Baseball players are commonly known to have superstitions and pre-game rituals; however, as far as Coach Lemons knows, this team doesn’t have any. Although, a few of the boys may choose to not wash their socks after a win. Gross!

The first several games have been a struggle for the team, but Jack Shevlin remains optimistic, “The team is working hard to turn the season around and in order to do that we must play more as a cohesive unit.” Senior Nick Palermo agrees with Shevlin, “despite our record, we are still fighting and working on improving to be the very best we can be.”

According to Coach Lemons, West Forsyth and South Forsyth are the toughest opponents they face. The team played South Forsyth on Mar. 9 and 10 but came up short in the end. Hooch baseball plays West Forsyth later this season on Mar. 30 and 31. The baseball team has their next home game on March 18 against rival Johns Creek.

Hooch baseball has a long season ahead of them. To see any further dates, visit the Hooch Baseball website: 2016 Hooch Baseball Schedule

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