The smell of the dust, taste of sunflower seeds, and the ringing of a bat let us know it is spring, and time for another season of Leigh baseball. This year the Longhorns look to rely on experience with numerous returners to the varsity team including 11 seniors. Of those seniors, Kyle Bower, Andrew Cabri, and Johnny Parkman lead the varsity team.
Those seniors not only bring talent and experience, but also the knowledge of how to deal with adversity. After struggling through the beginning of last season, the Longhorns got hot en route to a league title.
“We’re looking to build off of that momentum, and have a more complete season this time around,” said pitcher Kevin Barnes, senior.
This season the Longhorns will have a new head coach in Kraig Constantino who takes over after a few seasons as an assistant coach.
“Our coach is very knowledgeable about the game of baseball, and he can connect with us as players,” said Matt Kersman, senior.
While the team is loaded with senior talent, do not overlook the younger talent. Leigh has many talented juniors, including Jake Pao and Ryan Juncker, who are key players. The team also has several sophomores, and even a few freshman, who provide depth and a safety net for the older players.
Each year Leigh coaches challenge the team in the beginning of the season by having them play some of the top teams in all of CCS, in order to give them a taste of what CCS will be like. The strategy has worked the last few years, as Leigh has made it into the open division playoff both of the last two years, including being the first seed in 2014.
This year with a new coach and more experienced players, the team looks to make a run for a title and establish themselves as one of the elite teams in CCS.