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Boys baseball is back out on the diamond, and they’re hungry

Tonight the boys square off against Southeast, away, at 6pm. Here’s what to expect from the Falcons this season
Rocktown Media
Sophomore Gabe Conn sliding into home plate. Photo by Rocktown Media

After last season’s loss against Bradenton Christian School in the district quarter finals, the Falcon baseball team is hungry for success this spring. Newly appointed head coach Brandon Mand has the squad’s hopes set on revitalizing the status and skills that the team once possessed. 

Last year, MVP Luke Donley graduated, leaving the team weakened at the plate and out on the field; however, most of the team’s younger members are set to return this year, so the outlook for the season and the future is strong. 

Seniors Cade Walters, Ry Jesser, and Jake Seubert will command the ropes, hoping to lift up the Falcons in what many are calling an “underdog season.”

Senior Jake Seubert has high hopes for this spring, and he’s optimistic about its outcome. 

“We are a young team,” Seubert said.  “A lot of this season is going to be developing… but I also think we have the opportunity to be good this year.”

Head Coach Brandon Mand expressed his thoughts on the first game, a loss the boys suffered to Sarasota Military Academy.

“With six players starting for the first time in that game, I am looking forward to seeing how the team will respond to adversity and perform under pressure.” 

This year’s team shares a unique bond on and off the field; the team goes out to eat together, goes to the beach together, and they even welcome Coach Mand’s little nephew, Camden, at practice and games.  

The young team looks to overcome their bleak narrative; they will continue to bring their positive outlook to every single game.

The Falcons dropped their season opener to Sarasota Military Academy by a score of 7 to 5  in a thriller that had almost every player out of their regular positions due to winter break with players out of town.

With all of the Falcons players back from winter break, they look to bounce back and show their true potential today, Thursday, February 29th, 6pm at Southeast High School.

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Cade Walters
Cade Walters, Staff Writer, Videographer, Photographer
Cade Walters is a senior and joining the Gauntlet for his first year. He wants to leave a mark in the video and photography team here in the newsroom. He has spent his years playing varsity baseball and basketball and even plans to play in college. He enjoys his free time training, hanging out with friends, and listening to music.


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