Wilsonville baseball team off to strong start
Wilsonville—Despite dropping a pair of contests against 6A standout Jesuit and 5A defending state champion Churchill, Wilsonville will be a force to contend with this season. The Wildcat's baseball team has rattled off three straight victories against solid competition. The team bested Hood River Valley, Summit, and most impressively Lincoln by a score of 18-6.
The team is feeling good and riding high on its three game win streak. Part of that was the string of clear and sunny days that hit the region over the past weekend.
"It's really nice to get out and get some sun in," Wilsonville head coach Bryn Card said. "To actually have boys hitting, not having them shivering or diving out of the rain, or trying to hit soaked baseballs. It's nice to finally see some sunshine. The spirits always lift a little bit when the sun comes out too."
Since the Wildcats routing of Lincoln, clouds and rain have since descended on the area. However, that should not dampen spirits too much. The Wildcats return a sizeable portion of last year's roster, including junior short stop Trevor Antonson, senior pitcher and outfielder Ben VavRosky, senior second baseman Adam Stevens, and senior third baseman Andrew Gay. Important additions to this year's roster include junior Nolan Thebiay from Bend and Cade Edmonson from Horizon Christian. The good thing about having such talent and a senior heavy roster is that leadership role does not fall upon one player alone.
"We have a really good group that's been in the program for four years, they know exactly what I expect from them," Card said. "They really have taken ownership and expect it of themselves. There's definitely 14 or 15 leaders out there that hold each other accountable more than one guy pushing the whole team. It's a bunch of guys that have a pretty good goal set in mind of what they want to reach."
Heading into the season, there are several teams throughout the league to keep an eye on, including last year's conference champions La Salle. Wilsonville claimed the second spot in the Northwest Oregon Conference last season.
"There are some good ball players in our league," Card said. "Curran Mitzel of Hillsboro is definitely a quality ball player that we have got to face. There's a couple others including Jacob Dukart out in Sandy that we're going to do our best to eliminate and be prepared. I think that within our league there's going to be a battle up at the top and we're hoping to be in the middle of it."
With expectations and excitement for the upcoming season high, Card is hoping that the community will rally behind the Wildcats baseball team. With a 3.4 GPA across all levels of the baseball program, the coach expects his team to put on a hard fought for the audience.
"These boys have been working really hard, some of them for four years within the program, some of them all offseason long," Card said. "They're going to play the best they can and represent Wilsonville really well and I'd like it if they could get the favor returned by having people come and represent the community also."
Card added, "This is a team that really represents us for the whole community, very first class, very hard working. They hustle all over the field, they do everything right and I really want people to come out and support them for all their hard work."