At the request and example of senior leadership, Skyline High School’s varsity baseball team is going the extra mile in practice this year.
Senior captains, Darryn Davis (3B/SS/P), Sean Haddlesey (OF), Eamon Horwedel (SS/P) and Calvin Floyd (C/1B/P), as well as key players Colton Guntzviller (P/1B) and Aidan Stead (C) have inspired a greater work ethic within the team.
Head coach Frank Garcia says Haddlesey and Guntzviller requested and implemented an in-season strength and conditioning program, while Davis takes time to remind his teammates about the importance of working as hard as they can in practice.
Horwedel, a four-year varsity player, exhibits a “work ethic second to no one.”
“I’ve caught him getting extra workouts in the gym, taking extra infield practice and doing other baseball workouts on our scheduled days off,” Garcia says. “His devotion to improving his game has rubbed off on some of the other players.”
Additionally, Floyd and Stead spent 45 minutes after a recent practice hitting off a tee and taking soft toss outside in 40-degree weather – these kids are committed.
Garcia says his 19-man squad is growing every day as baseball players and as a team.
“I’m very excited to see how well this team can perform this season,” he says. “Our team goals are to win 20 games, a SEC league championship, and a district title. We would love to win every game but our schedule is very difficult this season. Even though our record may suffer, I believe we filled our schedule with all talented teams which should help us in the post season. The team we have this year has the ability not only to accomplish great things together but can impact the Skyline baseball program for years to come.”