Let the games begin
Wildcats ready for season opener with Baldwin
Tired of playing against themselves, the De Soto Wildcats are more than ready for their season opener against Baldwin High.
Baseball coach Joel Thaemert said the team has enjoyed a strong week of practice after its return from spring break and that his players are eager to get on the diamond for an actual game.
“We’re just ready to play somebody else,” he said. “The practices have gone well, but we really don’t know what to expect of ourselves. We’ll just have to see what happens.”
The Baldwin Bulldogs will provide some stiff competition for the Wildcats as they return several talented ball players from last season.
“Baldwin was really young last year,” Thaemert said. “They have a lot of good young pitchers and a few other good young players. They should be quite an opponent.”
De Soto enters the game relatively healthy, with the exception of catcher Logan Clark. Clark, who started for the Wildcats last season, suffered a shoulder injury during football season that will keep him out of De Soto’s battery until April 13.
“Logan’s a very good hitter,” Thaemert said. “We’ll wait to get Logan healthy as long as it takes. He’s got a lot of pop in his bat and will help our lineup when he returns.”
That being said, Thaemert feels confident that Clark’s absence shouldn’t do too much damage.
“We’ll be fine at the catcher position,” he said. “We have a couple young catchers who are going to be very, very good.”
This week the Wildcats worked on their fielding and situational training during practice for some final tuning before they meet the Bulldogs at the 3&2 fields Thursday in Shawnee.
“We’ll spend most of the week working on our defense,” Thaemert said. “We’ll work on cutoffs and team situations. It’s important we make sure we have those down and can execute them properly in practice so we can do it right in the game.”
The Wildcats will put their practice to the test at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.