By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The West Delaware High School varsity baseball team is pleased to have an opportunity to play this season and improve on a 15-24 overall mark from last year. Seventh-year head coach and Hawks 2007 alum Nate Lahr talks about the mindset he had with his players in the extended off-season and the shortened preseason because of the pandemic:
The Hawks only lost two seniors, they’ll have five returning starters and four letter winners coming back including the two seniors on this years team in Chris LaRosa and Luke Farmer:
Coach Lahr hopes his squad can use the momentum from the end of last season especially their final contest on July 22nd when they fell to Central DeWitt on the road in a Class 3A semifinal in 16 innings by the score of 4-3 in a game that lasted 4 hours and 12 minutes. The Sabers went on to finish as the Class 3A runner-up at the State Tournament in early August:
The strengths of the club that Coach Lahr anticipates are pitching depth and defense to help lead the way with a focus on improvement at the plate:
Being patient with the process of settling into an unusual season routine is a priority for Coach Lahr:
The shortened schedule with 4 weeks of the regular season instead of 7 has 19 games slated down from 35 originally. No WaMaC conference divisional or overall champions will be crowned because of teams not playing each other at least once and the schedule just being joined in progress starting on Monday night:
Numbers in the program are up from the past couple seasons in grades 8 through 12 with 43 players out. Lahr will again be assisted by WD alums Kevin Werner and his son Dunston. The Hawks open up their new campaign Monday night at home on Exide Field against Solon with a varsity doubleheader starting at 5pm.