Abilene High Bats Key to District Success

Published 04/07 2014 04:58PM

Updated 04/07 2014 08:29PM

One of the biggest surprises of the high school baseball season thus far has to be the Abilene High Eagles. This year they find themselves right in the thick of the district race, and their explosive offense is a big reason they're in the hunt.

In 2013, the Eagles managed to win just one district game. A year later they are 8-2 after the first ten district games, and just two back of the district leading Midland High Bulldogs.

A big reason for the turnaround this year is the success the Eagles are finding at the plate. So far in district the Eagles are averaging seven runs per outing.

First year head coach Ryan Lewis says a big reason for that is their approach at the plate.

We have hit the ball pretty well as of late, but the biggest deal is we've come up with some key hits. We haven't been battling at the plate. If your going to ground out, at least be a tough out. I think we've done a good job of that," said head coach Ryan Lewis.

The players say it also helps to be patient at the plate as well.

"They've been throwing us our pitch, and we've been hitting our pitch. We haven't been swinging at things out of the zone. We've been doing our job and making them do more than they need to," said catcher Connor Nichols.

Abilene High is also applying that patient approach they have at the plate to their season as a hole.

"Just take one step and win the next game. You cant look ahead and worry about other things in the future, you just win the next game," said Nichols.

The Eagles will take the field again on Tuesday as they make the road trip to Midland Lee. First pitch is schedule for 4:30 p.m. in Midland.

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