The Chaparrals this year are returning a lot of older talent… Talent who bring a new understanding of what it takes to be a successful team.
“I think its going to increase the leadership, because everybody knows what I expect and everybody understands how difficult our conference really is so thats where it helps out with the leadership part. and then also they’re one year older. So they understand the importance of the weight room and they understand the importance of conditioning. They understand the importance of going hard in practice and going even harder in games, so its going to help what were trying to do here,” said Sam Hayden.
“This year were just trying to keep everything.. just keep everybody working hard. Keeping each other accountable and stuff like that so we can work as a team and just kind of gel together better than we did last year. So this year we got a bunch of guys that are ready to work and that want to win,” said Dylan Tackman.
“This isnt their first time doing this. Everybody has experience and like we know what we got to do to make it work this year,” said Brooks Betcher.
The team knows what to do.. and how to put in the work all thanks to head coach Sam Hayden
“He’s on you everyday to be on time.. Hes a real technical type coach. He’s all about getting stuff done. Like its not necessarily how you do but like if you get the out thats what hes looking for. He helps get your name out there and talks to a lot of guys for you. Hes a good coach, ” said Brooks Betcher.
The difference in the team this year? The chemistry. The bond. The Chaparrals still make time for fun but you cant outwork the Vernon College Baseball team.
“They understand what everybody expects, they understand what they need to get done and thats going to be our main strenght.. is that we are going to work hard regardless of what the scoreboard says.. were going to play the game as hard as we possibly and respect the game of baseball and also respecting Vernon College,” said Sam Hayden.
Hard work.. respect.. and love for the game. Thats what will make this years Vernon College Baseball team.. a tough team to beat.