All about learning for Warriors
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
He’s getting to do plenty of teaching this spring.
The LaGrange Academy Warriors are an inexperienced group, and while the results haven’t been there so far with three losses in three games, head coach Brandon Lybrand knows the players are giving it their best.
LaGrange Academy made its home debut on Tuesday with a 12-2 loss to Flint River Academy.
“They’re out there working hard, and trying to get better every day when they’re there at practice,” Lybrand said.
Lybrand said there are a handful of players on the team who have never played organized baseball before, “and three of them started for me (against Flint River).”
Lybrand added that “half my team are sophomores and younger, so we’re young. We’ve got a lot to work on.”
The Warriors do have a handful of veterans, including pitcher and infielder Joseph Calhoun.
In the Flint River game, Calhoun started and pitched two innings, and he had two hits and an RBI.
LaGrange Academy’s second pitcher was Andrew Knight, who threw four solid innings.
“I thought Andrew Knight pitched really well, so I was real proud of him,” Lybrand said. “He really throws just fastballs, and we’re trying to work with him on off-speed pitches.”
Riley Hess, one of the few seniors on the team, pitched the final innings.
Offensively, while Calhoun led the way with his two hits, Hess, Andrew Knight and Silas Liechty each had a hit.
“We’re trying to get these young kids, the freshmen, eighth-graders and sophomores, to really develop into what we need them to be,” Lybrand said. “So we’re excited about it. We’re looking forward to having these seniors playing and building up some of these kids.”