WAYNE – With weather now playing a factory into the Wayne High baseball team not being able to open their 2021 season, the team is hoping to get in most of their 20+ games.
The last time the spring team took to the diamond was on May 3, 2019.
Head coach Adam Hoffman will return for his 10th year leading the Wayne High baseball team. Coach Hoffman said the team will be returning some experience from those who participated in the shortened American Legion season.
“You know everybody is going to be kind of in the same boat with not having a Spring season last year and then Summer was a little bit different,” said Hoffman. “So, there’s a lot of unknowns but it is and you just have to make the most of it. Come to practice every day right now and work on the little things and get better.”
Assisting Hoffman will be Robbie Gamble along with volunteers of Hagan Miller and Josh Lutt.
A total of 21 players will make up the 2021 Wayne High baseball roster.
The team has been working on bunt defense, fundamentals of hitting and fielding, throwing bullpens and looking to hit the ground running.
As several spring sports were canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, the Blue Devil baseball team is looking forward to the start of 2021 season.
“We’re looking at how do we progress as the season goes on and how do we grow as a team,” Hoffman added. “We’re excited just to see where we’re at and then what we got to do to improve and just keeping moving forward on the season.”
The Wayne High baseball team was last in action during the spring of 2019 when the team finished 9-7. WHS had a tough end to the season falling by one-run to South Sioux City in the B-6 District Tournament.
Wayne High was scheduled to play five games in a five-day period but the opening two games were postponed due to weather earlier this week. WHS will look to reschedule their home game with Arlington and road outing with Fort Calhoun.
Coach Hoffman mentioned he takes pride on how the team approaches the game the right way.
“Hopefully they see a team that plays hard and is communicating,” Hoffman mentioned. “Knowing the situations of where they need to be and where they need to throw the ball and get it to; kind of a discipline team.”
The Blue Devil baseball team is next scheduled to host Thurston-Cuming County on Thursday, March 25 at 4:30 p.m. and close out the week with a home doubleheader with Wahoo on Friday, March 26 starting at 4:30 p.m. WHS will end the month on Tuesday, March 30 at Douglas County West.