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, “I 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.”
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 team’s performance on the field, Coursey commented, “Overall we have played pretty good baseball. I felt like [in] our first two district games we didn’t play real well but the last two it seems like we are starting to hit our stride.”
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, “Right 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.”
Coursey added, “I 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.”
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 Comanches’ 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, “We don’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 don’t need individuals to be great, but I just need everybody to be good and contribute their part.”
Coursey added, “With us, it is going to have to be a total team effort all the way around or we aren’t going to win.”