SPRINGVILLE — Springville-Griffith Institute junior varsity baseball’s new coach Joel Lux, assistant coach Jake Domes and their JV baseball team are getting ready to step up to the plate for the spring season. With both new and returning players, coaches report that the team is working hard, hoping to earn wins this season.
Colin DeWitt is a sophomore entering his first year on the team. “I’ve played baseball all my life, as a kid, and I loved the sport. I didn’t play last year because I wanted to focus on my grades more,” he explained. “I’m looking forward to having a good season this year with our new coach, Joel Lux. He’s a great coach and he knows what he’s doing. He coached baseball before with the Academy Stars.
“Our team looks good and we’re looking for a winning season,” DeWitt continued. “All of us are looking to improve and become better players, physically and mentally.”
Parker Rice, also a sophomore, is playing in his second year with the JV team. “As for this year, we have some very solid players. My goal for this year is to help develop our younger players into stronger, more experienced athletes. As for our already strong players, I am looking forward to see how they handle the year,” he said. “Personally, I have been training on previous flaws. As a first baseman, I have been practicing catching balls in the dirt and overthrows. I’m planning on taking up being a pitcher again. I expect to see development in my throwing ability,” he added. “Going three years without pitching, this should be interesting.” Rice also described his relationship with his team as very good.
“As co-captain with Jake Smith, Hayden Goodridge and Matt Sobota, I would say that this year should be a reunion of old friends,” he said. “I am excited to see many of my younger amigos on the team. As for the role I play, as you may know, coach Lux and coach Domes are relatively new to the Springville JV baseball league. My job, on occasion, is to kind of help coach point our players in the right direction. Overall, I would say that there’s a healthy level of respect and I respect everyone on the team.”
Coach Joel Lux said he’s looking to Smith to lead the team, this season.
With regard to the team’s preparation, he said, “We’re ready, but I’d like to be outside a little bit first. We’ve been stuck inside, the majority of the time. Having a couple of extra days isn’t a bad thing.”
Due to being stuck inside because of the winter, Lux added that the team’s biggest challenge right now is getting in game form and playing live.
The team’s first game is scheduled for April 7 in Depew. The first home game is April 14, at noon.