baseball off to a rocky start but still keeping focus
by shantel williams, '19
The Hillcrest Boys Varsity Baseball Team is having an up and down season as the team sits at a, 3-4 record headed into Spring Break. The team continuously fights an endless battle between failure and success. It is of immense difficulty to balance education with a competitive sport such as baseball.
The season started off with two wins over Thomas Edison, 13 to 3 and 17 to 8, but the team lost four of its next five games. The team currently sits in third place, in the division.
Sophomore Diordy Duran, of the baseball team, states, “Although we recently won two games in a row, we suffered an irritating loss [April 6th] to the Springfield Gardens Golden Eagles. However, we still refuse to give up hope. We just have to brush it off, get back up, and try our best to win more games and achieve our long term goal of winning the division championship.”
According to Mr. Qurios, the team’s assistant coach, states “The most important characteristic a player must possess is perseverance, and the ability to bounce back from failure.” Like any sport, baseball is a game that includes the inevitable possibility of failure. You must maintain an unbreakable mental focus throughout the game. Although it is probably one of the most challenging aspects of life overall, a student athlete must learn how to cope with defeat both on and off the field.
The team is led by Senior Timothy David who is batting over .400 with 8 steals in 7 games. Alberth Johnson is batting .571 and averages over a strikeout an inning, as the team’s main pitcher.