Spring sport athletes improve as season advances

It’s the middle of the season for spring sports, which includes baseball, softball and men’s and women’s tennis.

The Hawk players have conditioned and practiced for several months to get to where they want to be. For example, the Hawks softball team is 19-7 overall, and 7-5 in the Big 8 Conference.

“I would like our team to go out and compete with great focus as we head into the second part of the conference season,” said Head Coach Kristy Schroeder. She said she believes the Hawks are a very solid team with the capability of challenging other team in the Big 8 for the conference title.

Earlier in the season, Schroeder said the team was starting to build a tradition of going into post-season, and that it’s just a matter of playing consistently throughout the season.

Since then, the players have been more consistent in the way that they approach at-bat, said Schroeder. “Our hitting has been a very positive and consistent part of the season.”

“You have to take it one game at a time though,” said Schroeder. Schroeder says she’s excited to see if the Hawks can meet the challenges of other teams in the conference.

When it comes to the Hawks’ baseball season, the team is 16-9 overall, and 7-3 in the conference. They take it one pitch at a time, and day by day, said Head Coach Tony Bloomfield.

The baseball team is currently “trying to win the series,” Bloomfield said.

The baseball team was on a nine game win streak, but the streak was broken when the Hawks lost 14-6 against San Joaquin Delta College on March 14.

“We’re just trying to compete,” Bloomfield said. “We have bad innings and we lose those games.”

“We got a great group of guys out here, a lot of talent and I know we can go pretty far,” said pitcher Lucas Still. “The whole team has the same expectations to win. Every time we step on the field we know we can win every game.”

They beat Sierra College 2-1 on Tuesday and are looking to get another win against Sierra today. The Hawks have no expectations except to win and make it to playoffs like they do every year, said Bloomfield

While baseball and softball are doing well, men’s and women’s tennis are struggling in their conference. The men’s tennis team is 0-7 while the women’s tennis team is 2-8.

“The main goal is that we’re trying to get to qualify as many people as we can for the state tournament,” said Head Coach Brandon Ellis. “We’re a little banged up injury-wise, so we’re trying to improve and heal up. Hopefully, we’ll be full strength by the time of the tournament.”

Ellis said that the team is getting stronger and stronger.

“We’re really trying to get people to not have any dips and to have focus and concentration,” Ellis said. “Often times there are a lot of highs and lows and we’re trying to be able to play every point, stay in the present, not think about the last point that’s coming up.”

The next men’s tennis home game is today at 1 p.m. against Mission College. The women’s next tennis match is tomorrow at College of the Sequoias.