A team filled with many seniors and a second year head coach in Jarrett Sparks, the Central High Bronchos baseball team took home the Xpress Wellness Team of the Week award.
As the Central High basketball team members who play baseball began to come out for the 2020 season, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and canceled the season. Coach Sparks, however, thought his team was going to do special things.
“We only got to play five games and we lost three heartbreakers with us being beat in the bottom of the last inning and they were heart break losses,” Sparks said. “About the time the season got cut off is when we were putting things together. There were days we pitched really well and days that we hit really well but we hadn’t done it all in the same day and I believe we were getting there.”
The Central High Bronchos seniors had five every day starters, including Bryson Johnson, Riley Scott, Alex Allen, Jacksen Ketner and Baily Walters.
Sparks said those five along, with the other three seniors including Aidan Teakell, Cane Goodin and Blaise Mason, were getting some playing time this year and he is heartbroken they won’t finish their senior season.
“I have been waiting for these guys to be seniors for a long time and I believe they brought a lot of experience for the team,” Sparks said. “They were really good players for us. Those eight seniors have been working real hard for their career and this was the year for them to prove to let all of their hard work pay off.”
With the season over, Sparks will head into his third year as the Bronchos coach and he said the future is bright as they have a big freshman class which will turn into sophomores.
The Bronchos will also have three seniors as well and for Sparks, the beginning of the season will get them some time to get experience and be a great start for the 2021 season.
“One of the biggest positives that we will have is we are going to have good numbers, but we will be young and inexperienced,” Sparks said. “Some of the biggest shoes that the young guys will need to fill is the pitching staff because the top four guys on the mound were seniors. Hopefully we will get some summer ball so I can get some of the young guys on the mound and get them seasoned up and ready to go for next spring.”
The season will begin in the beginning of 2021 with schedules released later in 2020. The Bronchos will look to rely on the seven to eight sophomores and the three seniors while also having some incoming freshman as well.