The Duncan Banner
In the world of sports, especially at the high school level, there’s a popular saying that is often said during the offseason.
“Next year is right now.”
For the Duncan Demon baseball team, they’ve been taking that saying to heart this summer, as head coach Tim Hightower and his coaching staff have been steadily watching progress during summer league ball.
With the team divided up into two varsity squads, multiple players have been seeing plenty of game action in anticipation for next season, and it’s been paying off according to Duncan assistant coach Brian Keith.
“Everyone has gotten a lot better this summer,” he said. “These guys have worked on their weaknesses and tried to get better. Hitting with wooden bats has helped them a lot as well at the plate. Both teams have gotten to see a total of 30 games and everyone is coming into their roles that they’ll play for next season.”
Among some of those key players who will be looked to next season are seniors John Campbell, Blaine Hillin, Taber Kaspereit, Mason Pewitt, Hunter Phillips, Skyler Rodriguez, and Trevor Stone.
Juniors Bryce Byford, Mason Hightower, and Scott Cooper will make up the junior class for the Demons next season.
Dylan Zawicki showed why he could be a valuable asset on the mound for the Demons in the future Friday night, allowing just three runs on four hits with four strikeouts in a losing effort against the Marlow Outlaws.
Keith admitted this summer league process wouldn’t be as successful as it is without the help of a solid coaching staff working behind the scenes with the kids.
“We’ve got a really good group of coaches,” he said. “With our younger guys we have coaches Andrew Bowers and Eddie Mullins getting those guys ready for us. They do a good job with those kids. Colby Snider helps out with the varsity guys as well. The varsity guys get a lot better in the summer because we have such a great staff. We’re not worried about wins and losses in the summer, it’s all about getting them prepared for the spring when it matters most.”