An inexperienced Frenship baseball team aims to repeat District 4-4A championship title

By Zach Tijerina

The Frenship baseball team is starting the season a lot like they did last year.
With little varsity level experience, but a lot of potential.
“We are almost similar to last year,” said Frenship head coach Chad Reynolds. “ We have guys who are going to make mistakes early, but we are going to really grow as the year goes. I think more than anything, we have guys that will compete and that will help us win a lot of games.”
The Tigers are coming off an 8-0 District 4-4A championship season.
Reynolds said he expects his team to be competing for another district title by the end of the year.
The Tiger’s lost key players from last year’s team both on the offense and the pitching staff.
Among the losses are Jordan Richburg who had the second highest batting average on the team with .419 and Zane Ennis who batted .365. The Tigers also lost ace pitcher Lance Ratliff. Ratliff led the team with 59 strikeouts.
“I don’t care how inexperienced we are,” said Reynolds. “We are going to establish depth on both ends of the ball.”
The Tigers have a pool of 12 pitchers on the roster to help establish depth.
“We also have some of key offensive players back like Roddy Rivas and Josh Vasquez,” said Reynolds. “Most the other guys are new new, but we have some competitive guys. We have a lot of on base guys.”
Rivas established himself as one of the better hitters in District 4-4A with a team high .420 batting average and 35 RBIs.
Vasquez hit .347 and had 28 RBIs.
Reynolds said it is hard to measure his teams offense so far because they have had limited repetitions due to weather.
“We need some work on offense right now,” said Vasquez. “Our offense is looking better each day. We just need to get on the field more and  hit. Things will come around.”
Reynolds said the team will look to its leaders until it gains more experience.
“The more we practice and get on the field we will gel together,” said Rivas. “We will start getting ready during the tournaments and be ready to compete for another district championship.”

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