Abilene High Manager Lee Fletcher said, “Out kids at Abilene High play extremely hard, they just don’t go away, they fight. There is a lot of team speed so we put pressure on guys just to field the ball cleanly and make a good throw. We get on the bases, we can cause trouble on the bases, we can bunt, we can hit-and-run, we can steal.”
The Abilene High Eagles have a familiar face leading their team on the diamond this season in Lee Fletcher. Fletcher played baseball at Faulkner University and assisted former coach Ryan Lewis for the past six years. Now, Fletcher has embarked on a new journey as his 11-3 Eagles head into district play Tuesday with a consistent coaching philosophy.
Fletcher said, “Getting the most out of the guys that we have and getting them to play as hard as they possibly can every day and just be little scrappy dogs that don’t go away.”
Ryan Johnson said, “Having a familiar face, not being a new coach, helps us out a lot. We feel already comfortable with him because we’ve already been with him. I think he’s more pitcher-oriented than what we had before and I think for me personally that helps me out a lot.”
JD Dugger said, “It’s still Abilene High Baseball. The teams that we play in our district are going to have D1 commit after D1 commit and we just don’t have that but we’re going to compete with them like we always do, The mentality and the culture behind Abilene High Baseball stays the same.”
The Eagles have had early success under Fletcher, but they now turn their focus on what really counts.
Fletcher said, “We’re coming off two really good weekends and we’re hoping we are up for the challenge. We’re excited, we’re ready to play and do something different now.”