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2020 Connersville Baseball Outlook from Michael Thompson

Prior to the start of any season, there is always an air of hope and optimism by coaches and players.  Unfortunately, that hope and optimism for the spring sports season was dashed for everyone with its cancellation due to COVID-19.

But we asked coaches to share with us what they were looking forward to: team outlook, individual hopes and expectations or anything else about the season in general.  We’ll be sharing those stories as we receive them and we appreciate those who took the time to send us their thoughts.

Coach Michael Thompson- Connersville Baseball

Last year’s team was able to improve the number of wins by eight and we were really hoping to continue that upward trend this spring. Although we did lose five seniors and one foreign exchange student, we felt like we were returning some key players and welcoming some new young players to fill in the gaps.

We had a great off-season with outstanding participation by our players. We were showing a lot of promise and excited to begin. We felt like we were going to be able to compete for a conference and sectional championship and looking forward to the challenge.

We believe our defense was going to be our strength this season and our pitching would be solid. We also thought our offense was going to improve which would allow us to score more runs. It was going to be nice this season because we were going to have more depth and more options for various lineups. This depth was going to challenge players to work hard, produce and be more accountable to earn a spot every day.

The five seniors include Damon Huffman (P), Gabe Morris (OF), Landon Cerqua (C), Trevor Young (INF) and Trent Eklund (OF). It is extremely unfortunate these players did not get to participate their senior season. Each one of them are solid students and have a bright future ahead of them.

Every team in America has lost a year of experience. The challenge for every player is going to be improve and gain experience in various ways. Next year’s team will have only two players with varsity experience and we all must work hard to make up for that loss. We have a solid group of young players who have a bright future but did not get to compete at the high school level.

Our off-season workouts are going to have to challenge our players much more. I believe the players and teams that can do this will be able to bounce back and compete. This is how we are going to approach every workout and keep our players motivated.

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