By Cassidy Hoxeng
Cougar News Blog
This year the Cactus Canyon baseball team had more than 40 students tryout. Unfortunately, they had only 19 spots open.
Head coach Carlos Acosta said it was very difficult to choose the final squad.
“We had two grades tryout out for one team and that’s tough. I had to cut kids I truly care for,” said Acosta.
After going undefeated last season, Acosta has high expectations for his team. They are very confident about making it back to the championship game.
“We expect to win and stay undefeated, but with 14 seventh graders and only five eighth graders, we will take it one game at a time,” he said. “Our plan is to bring home another banner to CCJHS.”
The Cougars have been preparing to work hard on their skills and weaknesses for the new season. In addition to making his team better baseball players, the coach wants his to grow as people.
“I expect the team to experience what it takes to become a respected athlete,” said Acosta. “We will not only build baseball players we will build respectable young men. We focus on fundamentals and attitude throughout the year.”
The players said they have been working hard to prepare for the season.
“I have been working on my bat speed and base running and they seem to be improving,” said eighth-grader Gage Stenhouse. “The key to baseball is confidence.”
There are many people that need to be thanked for the success of the baseball program.
“(I) want to thank the administration for helping us turn last year has pushed us to the next level,” Acosta says.
The Cougars first game will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Mountain Vista. The game will start at 4:15 p.m.