Baseball swings their way into the hearts of many

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Katie Diab

Adam Koski, sophomore, warms up his arm before the start of another game.

Varsity

As March approaches and winter turns to spring, baseball season comes back around for OHS. The varsity team won greatly in their first game against Gila Ridge, winning decisively in a 12-1 victory. One of the team’s biggest additions this year is a new clubhouse, located behind the dugout.

“It’s a great place to hang out before games and make friendships as well,” said Adam Koski, sophomore and right handed pitcher with an arsenal of pitches including a fastball, change-up and slider.

Varsity competed in a tournament from Feb. 21 to 24 that they were very successful in, winning three of the four games.

“Our goal is to make it far and go to the state tournament,” Koski said, who also says his personal goal is to work on his pitching command.
Varsity’s next home game will be against Tollerson on March 14.

JV

With a smaller varsity team than previous years, many OHS players on freshmen and JV have the opportunity to play on varsity. This becomes extremely helpful for younger athletes hoping to become more experienced in their high school career. They played their first game against Skyline that resulted in a 12-4 victory for the eagles.

Many students who are at the JV level will have the opportunity to play on JV and varsity to help fill in spots. Several freshmen will be able to compete on JV as well.

JV will compete in a home-non conference game against Desert Vista on March 21 and hopes to improve their record from last year that was 12-5.

Freshmen

Last year’s freshmen team had an overall record of 19-10. This year, the team looked to improve that winning record even further.

“My goal is to play JV if that’s an opportunity I have,” said Aidan Sullivan, freshman.

Sullivan has the opportunity to play on JV as well, and hopes that can become permanent.

“I’m looking forward to a good season and hope I can get the most opportunity,” says Sullivan.

After being unable to play due to a competing school not having a freshman team, freshmen boys’ first home game was on Feb. 28, against Cesar Chavez, and will play a game against Desert Vista on March 21.

*Due to The Talon going to the printer, scores for the Perry games can be found on aia365.com