by Austin Dart / email@example.com
The PC varsity baseball team had a very successful 17-14 season this summer, ending one game short of the state tournament with a sub-state loss (0-8) against North Linn.
The competition for the title of district champion against West Marshall became a stand-out game the team will always remember. “Our boys fought hard for 10 innings, and we went on to sub-state, which we haven’t done in over 10 years,” senior Cameron Vander Wal said.
One of the key factors for success is determination. “If there is one thing I want the players to take away from this season, it is perseverance. We had some things occur during the season and the team dealt with it. We got through it together,” coach Jeff Bruxvoort said.
Because PC is part of the Little Hawkeye Conference, which has several schools that are significantly larger, making for tougher competition. “The biggest challenge for us was always being a bit of an underdog,” sophomore Micah De Haan said.
Baseball goes beyond winning and losing, however. “What I took away from this season were some awesome memories,” sophomore Caleb Belzer said.
The comradery among the players highlighted their season. “Chemistry and friendship were a really big part of the team this year,” Vander Wal said.