The Duncan Banner

March 9, 2014

Comanche opens with rivalry game

John McKelvey
The Duncan Banner

COMANCHE — First-year head coach Brent Crow started out the first Comanche baseball practice of the year Saturday asking his players if it would be possible for them to come a half-hour early on Sunday.

The Indians have just two practices before they open up against No. 3 rival Marlow at home Monday, and Crow needs as much time with the players as possible. The players agreed to come at 1:30 p.m. instead of 2, but Crow knows getting ready for the Outlaws in two days will still be a tough task.

“It’s going to be very difficult,” Crow said. “Really we’re not sure what we’ve got yet... In the first game, we’re kind of going to find out who we are.”

It helps having some holdovers from last year such as seniors shortstop Dalton Wood, catcher Hunter Rice and infielder Cody Crow. However, Crow’s first throw from third base, which sailed over the first baseman’s outstretched glove, shows how green all the players are.

To his credit, Crow nailed the next throw, but his teammates know it’s going to take a while for those throws to become habitual.

“We’ll have to pull together what we’ve learned from year’s past and come out playing at our best,” Rice said. “I want to see where our weak points are and improve on those throughout the year.”

Rice said it helps having the game at home. With such a little amount of playing time, he said having the crowd could be a benefit instead of facing their rival’s typically raucous atmosphere.