The Red Devils boys baseball team will be on the road for the first few games of the 2020 season. Returning players Tyler Lindsay and Joey Cloud are among those eager to take the field.
First year coach Darrin Wells said, “I’ve only been coaching for three weeks. So far, so good. We’ve got a good group of kids. We’re having fun and we’re just getting ready for the season. It’s going to be fun. I coached a lot of these guys when they were younger, so it’s going to be a good time.”
At a recent practice, the team was “taking a slow day to let everybody’s arm rest a little bit,” Wells said. Even on a more relaxed day, the team still learned some new things. The reality is there is no rest for a team gearing up for the first game of the season.
On that “slow” day, the team took batting practice with an oversized contact baseball on a tee. The ball looks like a child’s novelty toy, but the ball is a serious training tool. It is weighted and when hitters swing the right way, they know it. The ball will fly straight out as if struck square with proper follow through. If the ball is hit on the side, it will lazily plop to the ground with a thud and not travel far.
The team also broke into three groups and some players worked on infield grounders, others moved to center field to work on line drives and fly balls, and some worked in the batting cage.
“You’re letting that fastball get by you, Cloudy, sync up,” the pitching coach warned. A few swings later, Cloud found his stride.
The team travels to Delta for the first game of the season, on Friday, March 6. The Red Devils will have a four-game home stand starting on Tuesday, March 10. The first regional game is against the Emery Spartans on Tuesday, March 17, in Moab.