Westwind Weekly News
The boys of summer are still waiting for spring.
As high school baseball season nears, and snow remains on diamonds throughout southern Alberta, teams are waiting for the unseasonable cold to abate and for the sun to finally start shining.
Until then, coaches and players can only sit and wait for the green grass to appear. But when the conditions do improve, the Magrath Zeniths will be ready, according to coach Jordan Brame, as he will bring a veteran outfit to the field in 2018.
“We only lost two guys from last year, so we are returning a pretty good crew for this season,” he said. “My biggest problem is going to be getting guys in the game from the bench, because I have 8-9 guys that proved they deserve playing time last year.”
Magrath will indeed possess a deep roster, highlighted by a group of seniors.
“I have five Grade 12s, Sam Noad, John Jones, Justin Roe, Paycen Blackmore and Taylor Cook,” said Brame. “They are each starting their fourth year playing for me. I have a lot of confidence in their abilities, and we are going to rely heavily on their leadership and experience.”
That said, the coach added this year’s version of the Zeniths will feature a number of top-notch arms, along with solid players right from the top of the roster to the bottom.
“We are a very deep team. I have 4-5 guys who are going to be really tough for opposing teams to hit off. We will have a big bench and there will always be someone waiting in the wings, so no one can get complacent. There will be tough competition at most positions all year long.”
As for when those positions battles will begin this spring, that’s anyone’s guess at the moment.
“The schedule is being rewritten with the snow pushing games back,” said Brame, who added his team may be coming I under the radar in a league that will feature some big-name teams. “I would say that we are probably coming in as the low man on the totem pole. We have a great rivalry with Cardston and Raymond and we know that LCI, CCH and Chinook will be tough teams. I am looking forward to giving these boys a chance to compete against great teams this year.”
For that to happen, the weather is going to have to co-operate at some point.
“We are just hoping we get a chance to play before the fall gets here,” said Brame. “This team is a special team to me. We have a long history together and I’m looking forward to the season.”