Summer baseball teams playing well despite rain
When his baseball team has been able to get on the diamond, head coach Joel Thaemert said he’s been pleased with the way it has performed so far this offseason.
Unfortunately, time on the field has been limited.
The Wildcats’ summer ball has been ridden with cancellations after rain has made the grounds unplayable on more than a few occasions.
“Between the two teams, we’ve probably had nine or 10 rainout games,” Thaemert said. “So that’s been disappointing.”
Despite the lack of continuity in the season, Thaemert said the boys were taking the summer seriously and improving their skills.
“We’ve had quite a few kids step up,” he said. “Some of who we weren’t necessarily expecting to be playing so well. The summer league gives us a chance to get better and develop our pitching, which we’ve seen especially at the U-18 level.”
Thaemert divided his Wildcats into two teams — a U-18 and U-16. The U-18 features several players who saw varsity innings last spring and others who played primarily on the junior varsity squad. The U-16 squad is comprised of mostly sophomores with a few freshmen.
“Now is a good time to try some of the young guys at different spots and find out where they can and can’t play,” he added.
Both teams had played just seven games heading into this week with just a handful of games remaining on the schedule.
“It’s doubtful we’ll make up any of the ones we’ve had rained out,” Thaemert said. “With other sports getting ready to start and school approaching in the fall, I don’t think we will have time. The guys, particularly the ones who play multiple sports, will need a little break.”
In addition to the baseball aspect, Thaemert said the summer is a bit more relaxed and is a good opportunity for the boys to enjoy their teammates.
“I don’t get to be there every day, and I think there’s a good bond there anyway, but I think the kids are having fun,” he said. “The team needs to be able to have fun together.”