Varsity Baseball Sets High Expectations for New Season

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Landri Hargrove

Kayden Voelkel, 10, pitches in a game against Mansfield on Feb. 17.

Sembree Yeary, Staff Writer

At the start of the new semester, sophomore Kayden Voelkel and the varsity baseball team gathered at the field after school to get in extra work before the season began. After a deflating loss in last year’s playoff season, this year’s preseason consisted of hours spent in the batting cages and pitchers who practiced their pitching in the bullpen. 

“I think we are going to do pretty well and go undefeated as a team,” Voelkel said. “We just have to keep working hard like we did last year.”

The 2019 varsity team advanced through the playoffs into the third round against Colleyville Heritage. In the playoff season, junior Landry Parlin joined the varsity team as one of the few players promoted.

“I think this year we will go deep in the playoffs, hopefully, deeper than last year,” Parlin said. “Last year, we lost to the state championship team, and they had quite a few good players. This year they don’t have all of those players back so we should be good.”

Colleyville Heritage defeated Legacy in the three-game playoff series in a 2-1 record and went on to the state championship in 2019. 

“We have a lot of potential in the underclassmen,” Parlin said. “There are some really good sophomores and a strong junior class. We only have a few starting seniors, but we are looking good for the future.”

The varsity team lost 11 graduating seniors from the 2019 class and maintains eight returning varsity members.

“I personally hope to get some leadership skills from this year and do whatever I can to help the team,” Voelkel said. “A lot of the younger guys that played last year are going to have to step up and help lead the team.”

The team will go into their next game against Midlothian on March 5 with an undefeated record.

“The bond of the team is really strong and we all have high hopes for the season,” Parlin said. “I think we will do very well for the district season and go into the playoff season undefeated.”