Second year coach Toby Wilson with the Comanche Indians got his team playing his first week of the season, went 1-1 before the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have taken home the Xpress Wellness Team of the Week award.
Wilson, who entered his second season from Latta High School, said the Indians got the first district victory by beating Lindsay 5-0 and then lost 9-8 on the road before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Seeing his team go with senior pitcher Bryce Hendricks on the mound, Wilson said he was proud of the way the team performed during the first game of the year.
“Bryce Hendricks was a stopper on the mound and he was a guy that I kind of groomed last year to be that ace on the mound for us this year,” Wilson said. “He pitched seven scoreless innings and pitch count was under 80 and it was strike, strike and every pitch was working for him.”
The Indians also relied on Bryson Evans to lead off the line up offensively. Wilson said that he took a little gamble on the number two spot that looked like it was working to start off the season.
“I also had to take a gamble in the two hole with a young freshman in Brady Dobbins,” Wilson said. “He made me look really smart. I know we only played two games, but he had three of the five RBIs which was great because Bryson was on base. We had a young kid in that hole with a chance to step up and he did it.”
Hendricks and Jett Sparks were two seniors on the team and Wilson said that in game one the defense played perfect with zero errors and said it looked great for the second game of the season.
Sparks, who came straight from basketball, was the second game pitcher and despite the loss, the Indians got their first district win in game one.
While the season ended early, Wilson said the future is bright for Indians baseball and he is hoping to make Comanche High School a baseball school.
“Coming back next year I had the junior high team that went undefeated and I got the team I kind of took this job for,” Wilson said. “So we have high expectations for our team coming back next year. I was starting two freshman and about six of them are coming back. The future in Comanche is bright and I’m excited to be a part of it.”