Spring baseball season is right around the corner and Coach Street and Coach Crandall feel it is never too soon to start warming up. Early morning indoor practices started in late November to prepare the team to get an early start for the upcoming season.
Last year East baseball team ended the 2016 season with a 20-3 record while making it all the way to sectionals. The East Eagles will be starting their new season without six of their all-star seniors from last year and will need to find some new outfielders. The coaches are taking steps to improve their program so they are as good as or better than last year.
New indoor practices are being offered to the team this season. Each Wednesday morning practice is offered from 6:00 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. in the upper gym for all JV/Varsity players. There are benefits of the early morning practices for each player. Coach Street states, “Well, there are no other sports that we could interfere with that early. Also, their arms will be fresh by the time the season gets here.”
There are also benefits specifically for pitchers and catchers. “The hopes are for the majority of pitchers and catchers to show up and mainly work on location and speed because of the new rule they put up for high school pitch counts,” states Street. The new rule Coach Street is referring to is a proposal by the New York State public high school association to implement a mandatory limit on the number of pitches a baseball player can throw within a certain time limit.
Getting up so early can be difficult for players and coaches, but Coach Street is motivated by “knowing how important it is not only for the coaches but for the players. It's a motivation for the players to come to practice knowing that we could make it to another sectional championship.”
The team is always looking for new talent. If baseball is one of yours reach out to Coach Crandall or Coach Street for more information.