Striking out the year

Baseball team ends struggling season


Valerie Benzinger

Senior Joey Rochette (2) heads to home plate in order to score a point for the Fighting Farmer baseball team at the home game against Hebron on Tuesday, April 16.

The Fighting Farmer baseball team has had an inconsistent season with an overall record of 13-15 after a loss against the Marcus Marauders on Tuesday, April 23 at Marcus. The team has experienced varying high and low points throughout this year, from flawless wins to tough losses. The next game will be at home against Marcus on Friday, April 26, closing out the season.

This season, the team has focused on improving the technical aspects of the game. The players have worked on effectively defending bases and blocking runs in order to keep the scores as low as possible.

“We’ve been working on situations, like when we’re on defense and there’s runners in different positions,” senior Tony Rochette said.

The rocky season has caused the team’s unity to be called into question repeatedly. Losing games can bring spirits down and cause tension amongst the players, while winning strengthens team bonds.

“We’ve had our ups and downs but I think overall we still stayed as a team and didn’t break apart in that aspect,” Rochette said.

As the season comes to a close, the players strive to put in the work necessary to make next year as smooth and successful as possible. They wish to learn from the downfalls of this year and improve for the next season.

“I think we can definitely improve for next season,” junior Branden Dito said. “[We should work on] a better team effort and not giving up when we get down.”

Although this year hasn’t shown as much success and improvement as the team would like, they hope to take the losses in stride and focus on moving forward from the tough season.

“We’ve got quite a few guys coming back next year because we’re a fairly young team this year,” head coach Mike Campbell said. “I’m hoping they learn a lot from this season and carry it into next year.”