Knights Back in Action In The MOV Baseball League
Knights Baseball is offically back in session, with the opening game taking place against Pleasants County on Wednesday, June 24. According to Coach Jeff Lancaster, the team consists of seven incoming Freshman and 3 incoming eighth grade athletes ready to play ball.
Lancaster reported the team had began practicing indoors before COVID-19 hit, but wasn’t allowed to continue practicing until June 8. Orginally, eighteen kids had tried out for the team, but they lost some players due to the late start of the season and concerns amidst the Coronavirus. Even with the smaller numbers, the Coach is still confident in their ability to field a strong team.
Lancaster coaches the team as a part of the MOV League, which usually has twenty plus teams participating. However, this year the league is down to thirteen teams. This team plays every Wednesday and plays double headers on Sunday afternoon. The playoffs are expected to begin around the first week of August.
“I know there’s some talent in the classes ahead of them and the classes behind them, and the future of Tyler Consolidated Baseball is really encouraging,” said Lancaster. Lancaster has had help coaching the team by Assistant Coach Cloyd Westbrook, as well as some former Tyler Consolidated stand-outs including Dylan Roberts, Tyler West, Dylan Seckman, and Gage Huffman. Lancaster commented, “it is nice to watch the team work with the players they looked up to on the field.”
“We had to shake off the rust in that first game,” Lancaster said, “but we expect to make some noise in this league with the talent we’re putting on the field.”