Another season passes, and so does another successful campaign for Matoaca baseball. They cruised to defeat L.C. Bird and then Prince George in the Conference 12 championship game 6-0 to win their second straight district/conference championship, the first under new head coach Tim Haynes.
“We changed our approach a little this year,” said Haynes. “We painted it on the wall, the one pitch approach – if you make a bad pitch or a bad play, move onto the next pitch,” he explained. “We’ve tried to stay on a positive note, and the guys have been more relaxed.”
A more relaxed approach has translated into a much more potent offense in 2014. The line-up, from top to bottom has produced game in and game out. There’s more patience at the plate and more runs scored to support pitching that has been stellar.
“The whole team needs to hit the ball for us to be successful,” stated pitcher Grant Boyd. “We’ve hit the ball this year.”
Conference 12 player of the year Rick Spiers has served as the team’s most productive bat, and also as the team’s staff ace. The team has also gotten outstanding pitching from Boyd and Kyle Creasey.
At the Conference 12 baseball awards meeting, opposing coaches took notice as several players received honors – pitcher Rick Spiers, first baseman Jake Bailey, outfielders Grayson Trower and Phillip Van Keuren and designated hitter Jamison Trower.
“We’ve been working hard all season long,” said Spiers. “We’ve had goals in our head all season long and if we keep working, we can achieve them.”
That goal is to advance past the first round of regionals and beyond.
“We have a lot more confidence this year,” explained Spiers. “All of our seniors have been on regional teams every single year, so we know what it takes to be successful.”
The Warriors drew Mills Godwin in the first round of regionals on Tuesday at Deep Run high school, but due to press deadline, results could not be published. Follow the Warriors and all other regional participants on twitter @VNewsSports.