Spartans Preview Season with Scrimmage
Working Toward State Championship
By SHAUN FRIEDRICHSEN
Coming off the heels of being defeated at the state tournament last year, the Spartans are hungry for a victory, preparing for a successful season that will see them reach the pinnacle at the tournament in Gering.
On Sunday, the Spartans scrimmaged to put their skills to the test and to give community members a show of their strength.
Head Coach Carlos Palomo said he saw many positives on both sides of the scrimmage Sunday afternoon. He believes he can work with the athletes as he enters his second year at the helm of the program.
“I thought both sides of the game were good,” said Palomo. “The pitchers pitched well. We didn’t have very many walks. Hitters put the ball in play a lot. It was good to get outside and enjoy the weather.”
Palomo noted that one issue he hopes to address before their first game against WESTCO is preventing free bases.
“We need to eliminate free bases and not letting so many balls with their catchers, executing bunt situations and being vocal, especially at a younger level,” Palomo said.
The community has shown a strong amount of support for the program, Palomo said. He believes the community’s enthusiasm can propel the team through the season.
“People around the community are pretty excited to get the season rolling,” said Palomo. “May 16 is our first game at WESTCO, and we’re looking forward to that. It’s a little less than two weeks, so I’m excited.”
More interviews with players and coaches can be found in an upcoming edition of the Alliance Times-Herald.