On Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m., the West Texas High Comanches will try to end the first half of District 6-1A play on a high note by trying to get a win over the Claude Mustangs. The game will be a match up of two teams with identical 3-1 district marks.
With the Mustangs and Comanches both one game behind Follett in the standings, Comanches Head Coach Steven Coursey understands how big a win tomorrow will be for his team, saying, â€śI really hope to get a big win and put ourselves in position that when we play Follett again, it will be a game with the district title on the line.â€ť
Since going 1-3 in their first tournament of the season, the Comanches have been impressive on the diamond, winning nine out of their last 11 games to give the team a 10-5 overall record.
On the teamâ€™s performance on the field, Coursey commented, â€śOverall we have played pretty good baseball. I felt like [in] our first two district games we didnâ€™t play real well but the last two it seems like we are starting to hit our stride.â€ť
The Comanches have enjoyed a good amount of success at the plate throughout the season that includes four players holding a batting average over .400, led by Kyle Stroud hitting .556 and Ty Lay with a .450 average through 57 plate appearances.
However, what has helped separate the Comanches from most of their district counterparts have been their play on the field and pitching.
Coursey said, â€śRight now I feel like our outfield is making a big difference between us and the other teams in our district. Everybody has a pretty good infield, but I think we hold an advantage in the play of our outfielders.â€ť
Coursey added, â€śI am a defensive minded guy when it comes to baseball. I firmly believe that if you throw strikes and play great defense then you have a chance to win every game you play. Unless we get to the point where we are making no errors [in] a game, defense is always the first place we need to improve.â€ť
On the mound, Coursey has used several players to throw a couple of innings.
However, through district play the team will depend heavily on Alex Ramirez, Carlos Juarez and Logan Hoff.
As far as pitcher ERA, Lay was the Comanchesâ€™ bast pitcher through non-district.
But due to some arm problems, Coursey said he will limit the innings Lay will see with the hope of having him healthy to provide the team with a good relief pitcher through the playoffs.
With an impressive overall record and a good start to district play, there is no question the Comanches are a team with a great amount of confidence and believe they will be around for post-season play.
However, Coursey knows success from this point on will continue to depend on having a great overall team effort, saying, â€śWe donâ€™t really have any superstars on this team, but we are solid all the way around. I tell the kids everyday to not try to do too much. Because I donâ€™t need individuals to be great, but I just need everybody to be good and contribute their part.â€ť
Coursey added, â€śWith us, it is going to have to be a total team effort all the way around or we arenâ€™t going to win.â€ť