A Home Run! OHS Baseball is back!

Dylan Sawyer, Reporter

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It’s springtime, the birds are chirping and the sun is coming out, which means baseball season is here. The Olympia Bears have begun the season with two wins against local rivals North Thurston and Timberline and two losses against Yelm and league rival Sumner. The Bears coached by Derek Weldon and Brady Hoover continue league plays with upcoming games against Emerald Ridge and Puyallup.

Junior catcher, Reagan Matson said “We have really high expectations for this season. Last year, we were pretty young and inexperienced, but this year, we bring a lot of last seasons team back. Our main goals are to win the league, district, and state championships as well as the academic state championship. Our motto this year is ‘Earn It’ because this year we are not going to be given anything. We have a really tough league with Puyallup and Sumner so we have to fight for everything.” Reagan, a returner from last year’s squad will make a big impact on this year’s team.

Another junior Zach Johnson said, “The first two losses of the season were disappointing because we felt like we didn’t play as well as we could’ve. We have been working at practice to fix the problems we had in our games to get us prepared for the rest of the season. A big theme this year is to take it one game at a time. We will bounce back in our next game against Emerald Ridge. If we only focus on the game ahead of us, I think we have a really good chance to accomplish our goals of winning the league, district and state championship.” Johnson was sidelined for a lot of the last season due to personal reasons. He said, “I’m really excited to get back on the field this year. Sitting out for a lot of the last season was really tough but I think that it’ll help me this year because able to learn a lot by just watching and being around the team.” According to Matson, Johnson’s absence last season hurt the bears a lot. “Zach’s a really good player for us and once we lost him last year, we definitely took a hit. It’s great to have him back this year.”

The head coach Derek Weldon said in a team meeting, “We have all the talent we need this year to make something special happen. It’s just gonna come down to how bad we really want to accomplish our goals.” Weldon said, “In order for us to win championships, everyone has to go all in. If even one person doesn’t buy in, it will kill us as a team. We are the only thing standing in the way of us and our goals this year.”

The bears have a tough road, but they definitely have the firepower to do some major damage in the SPSL this year and across all of 4A. Come catch the bears for no cost at Crandall Field and see one of the top teams in the state compete.

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