February 25, 2019.
The baseball season is almost upon us here at Palmetto Ridge High School. There is much to be excited about with the upcoming Freshman and the returning players.
Tryouts took place on January 28th, 2019. Currently the team is undergoing a fresh start, due to many upper-classman leaving, new team members are expected to step it up. There were about 45 people that tried out for the JV and Varsity combined, but 30 people are now part of the team. Varsity and JV is not split up yet, so the official number of team members is yet to be announced.
Every team member works hard to make history at The Ridge. There will be practice every day and workouts in the morning before school Tuesdays-Thursdays. Everyone has worked hard during practice and it shows on the field. Diego Ramos agreed with this, stating he wants to get pushed as hard as can get pushed.
There are high expectations for the baseball team from the school and the players.
“As a team, I want us to win every game or as many as we can, but for myself, I want to be an everyday or regular starter,” Kyle Stewart said.
Ramos added, “I expect us to come slow out of the gate then finish the rest of the season strong and overall have a successful season.”
Many players on the team wish to advance to higher levels in baseball such as college baseball or even the MLB. As for others, it makes them happy as well as being part of a team. Kyle said he mostly wants to play JV baseball here at Palmetto Ridge High School to prepare for Varsity as well as gain experience.
Ramos added, “The main reason I want to play baseball here is the excitement I get from playing and the excitement of getting out on the field in front of our fans.”
The PRHS baseball team has great chemistry with one another making them a strong team, however, age is an issue making some things just a bit difficult. But that doesn’t stop the team from being the very best as they can be.
Stewart commented on this saying, “I agree with the strengths and weaknesses; our team is very young, but we work very well together.”
The season starts late February and lasts until early May. The game-to-game schedule has yet to be announced, but there will be games against Collier County rivals. After a disappointing JV season last year with a losing record, hopefully, the Palmetto Ridge JV team can live up to higher expectations and have a great and successful season.