The CBC baseball team had their first home game of the season on Tuesday, Feb. 5, against the College of the Ozarks Bobcats.
The Mustangs had a fast start scoring three runs in the beginning, but in the end, the Bobcats came out on top with a score of 15-4.
Aaron Brister, head baseball coach, says that one of the things that the team can improve is pitching.
“We started off the first inning with a spark, [we] scored three runs. We just didn’t pitch it well,” says Brister. “My pitching staff is great…but right now we haven’t figured it out yet.”
Junior Ryan Guyton says that this is his first season playing outfield and that the team has been preparing all fall for this season.
“I think we have a lot of good guys, a lot of good athletes, [and] we’re gelling pretty well right now,” says Guyton. “We hit a bump this past weekend where we’d get guys on base but we couldn’t score them, so once we get that together I think we’ll be good.”
Guyton says that watching his friends and teammates struggle was a challenging part of this game.
“Seeing our pitchers that have worked really hard in the off-season and just not being able to hit their spots or hit locations to get a couple of home runs off of them [was challenging],” says Guyton. “I believe in our pitching staff and I believe in our team, and we’ll come back ready for this weekend ready to sweep.”
Junior Charley Harber says that many of the young guys on the team will step up and surprise everyone this year.
“All in all, I think we have a bunch of grinders and I am excited for the rest of this season,” says Harber.
Harber says that his main focus for improvement is to be more productive for the team, but he’s also taking some steps in getting himself prepared for this season.
“As far as preparing for the season goes, I’m just trying to get my mind and body right for a long season, taking things one pitch and one game at a time, so I can leave it all out there on the field for my senior season and give all glory to God,” says Harber.
The senior leadership and camaraderie of the team are some of the things that Brister says he loves and is ultimately thrilled about this year.
“After this loss, we just got to find a way to get cranked up and get the runs scoring and keep the runs off the board,” says Brister.
Brister says that this is the worst loss of the season, but he’s staying positive and believes that they have a good team.
“We have aspirations of going to the World Series this year and we’re just in a few games, but we’re okay. We took a few licks on the chin, but we’re ready to compete come this weekend,” says Brister.
Photos by Haley Lingenfelter