Knights Secure Sectional Title
By the time this reaches the reader the Silver Knights will have played one regional baseball game, unless the weather doesn’t co-operate. Hopefully it is a win! However this is a double- elimination tournament and I believe the Knights have a legitimate chance of winning it.
During this past week I spoke to Tyler Consolidated’s coaches, Robby Jones and Vance Ash. They have done a phenomenal job keeping their team focused while also maintaining a great relationship with the players.
Coach Jones is very good at keeping his cool even when the game is hanging in the balance. Coach Ash is an instructional coach who teaches form, base running, gives hitting instructions and his style is detrimental to the teams success. His style is old style but yet he relates well to the kids and they understand his passion.
Coach Jones also knows the game but keeps a lower profile until he sees something that can make a difference and then he goes to work. They make a great team and together have molded this group into a state contender. “Who would have thought we would have 20 wins, I didn’t until I realized the type of kids we are dealing with. These kids listen well, cheer each other on and the older more experienced lead by example,”said assistant coach Vance Ash.
“This by far not a one- man team, we have multiple players who can play different positions and who can get the bat on the ball. These kids are all learning to be clutch players, their on base hitting average is amazing. We don’t leave too many runners stranded. Our pitching has been outstanding. Luke Daugherty just to name one is undefeated so far. We know the competition is going to be tough this week but we are as prepared as we can be. Hopefully, we will turn in a good performance, but win or lose we have had an amazing year and are already looking towards better things next season,” Coach Robby Jones.
Seniors Nate Lantz and Trent Smith both expressed a desire to finish the season on a positive note. “We are going to give it our all, we want to continue playing, however we are proud of our season and win or lose we have nothing to be ashamed of, said Lantz. “I never expected us to be were we are but as the season went on we kept improving as a team and as a senior in my last year, I’m not ready for it to be over,” said Smith.
The Tyler Star News wishes the Silver Knights the best as they make there way into the regional baseball tournament.