Area champions; Baseball advances to regionals

 

Senior Reid Matyastik pitches for the lions at our home field. The lions are Area Champs, only losing in the third round of play-offs.

Senior Reid Matyastik pitches for the lions at our home field. The lions are Area Champs, only losing in the third round of play-offs.

Grace Prep Baseball, despite playing tough non-district teams so far, is hopeful on their upcoming district games. “I think we’ll win district, and I think we’ll do really well,” said Sophomore Jordan Akin.

After this interview, the Lions did win 2nd in district with a 7-3 record, and are now facing their bi-district opponent McKinney Christian Tuesday.

“We are facing McKinney Christian, and they pitch 80 mph, so that’s pretty easy for us,” said Junior Nick Thurston.

Varsity Baseball, coached by Eric Darjean, despite playing tough non-district teams so far, is hopeful on their upcoming bi-district game.

The Lions are hoping to have great fan support as they make their way into the playoffs.

“We have a lot of young players, so the freshman and sophomores definitely need to come out and support their classmates,” said Darjean.

The Lions varsity team has fairly young players this year, with only 3 seniors.

The seniors are expecting to finish their last season strong.

“Right now we’re in the same start we had last year in district so I think with some changes going on in the next couple of weeks that we’ll be able to have a better record and come out on top of district,” said Senior Reid Matyastik.

Off the field, the team has stayed busy volunteering with the Miracle League DFW.  Each player is matched up with a volunteer who assists them as they bat, run the bases and play in the field.  Coach Eric Darjean said that it is a great opportunity for the players to use their gifts to bless other kids lives while in turn being blessed by the kids that participate.

“I thought that was fun, it made me feel good to help kids play baseball who couldn’t normally play ball at a higher level, but wish they could,” said Thurston.

Meanwhile, the team is looking forward to next round in playoffs.

Senior Collin Perry swings for a base hit against Nolan Catholic earlier this season.

Senior Collin Perry swings for a base hit against Nolan Catholic earlier this season.

“I feel like we have more potential this year then what we did last year. We have a lot of returning starters this year. I think in the long run that will help us out,” said Senior Stephen Sosa.

The Lions varsity team won 14-1 to claim their title as area champions and will advance to regionals.

They will play Lubbock Christian this Saturday, May 14th at Hermleigh ISD Stadium at 2:30 pm.

 

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