The Stephens County Indian baseball team will have to wait a little longer to get the season started.
Today’s scheduled game at Elbert Co. has been postponed due to rain. No make-up date has been announced yet.
Stephens County Indian Baseball Head Coach Ronnie Royston said that the team has worked hard throughout the off-season to get ready.
Royston said that practice has gotten off to a good start.
“We have gotten better, we really have,” said Royston. “We have gotten better fundamentally. I think we are pretty close as a team. I feel pretty good about them. We have some worries, as anybody does this time of year.”
The Indians scrimmaged Oconee County earlier this month and Royston said it went well, though he notes there are always things to improve upon.
“We battled,” said Royston. “I thought our pitching was pretty good. We did not field the ball as well as I would like, but it was early and some of the kids, it is their first time playing (varsity). They were playing ‘B’ team last year and it was a scrimmage game and they were hyperventilating. It all comes with getting experience and getting older. They are a great bunch of kids.”
On the pitching side, Royston said he has a good mix of pitching, especially on the left-handed side. He does say that you can never have enough pitching, especially when a team is playing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays as the Indians are this year.
However, he said that regardless of pitching, the Indians will have to score to win, especially at home.
Offensively, Royston said he likes to be aggressive on the basepaths and find a mix of power and speed.
“We have about three kids I feel pretty good about driving the ball and we have got some speed,” said Royston. “I always like to run until we get a couple thrown out. I have always had that philosophy in the past. Be aggressive on the base paths, hit-and-run, and try to put pressure on your opponent.”
Looking ahead to Region 8-AAAA, he said Lanier and Eastside will be very tough, but adds the rest of the region is right there.
Royston said that the goal is to win the region championship.
“Everybody asks me what kind of year I think we are going to have,” said Royston. “I have no idea about our competition and that has a lot to do with what kind of year you are going to have. Who you are playing and how good they are and if you get their number one pitcher that day. We sat down and that was a goal, to win the region, and our kids have worked extremely hard and are headed in the right direction to do that.”
Royston said the team is excited to get started and adds that he appreciates the support from the school, the parents, and the administration.