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Playoff ball is back for first time since 2008

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Senior Patrick Bethea practices batting during fourth period on Tuesday, April 25.

Senior Patrick Bethea practices batting during fourth period on Tuesday, April 25.

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Senior Patrick Bethea practices batting during fourth period on Tuesday, April 25.

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The Fighting Farmer baseball team [20-9-1] will open up a three-game series against the Allen Eagles [20-10] at Allen’s stadium on Friday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. The second game will be a home game at noon on Saturday, May 6. If required to play, the third game will be 30 minutes after the second game ends.

The team credits its success to playing baseball outside of school in leagues around the city and having a good idea of each teammates playing style. Most friendships on the team were established years back.

“We all played with each other since we were like 10 to 12 years old,” senior Collin Storms said. “Most of us grew up playing against each other [or] playing on the same team. We talked about [senior year] since [way back then] that our senior year was going to be our biggest year and now we’re here.”

They team has accomplished making playoffs by working hard on improving any faults, however, players always find time to have a couple of laughs as a team.

“Before the game we try to just joke with each other but in a serious manner to get ready for the game,” senior Tristan Buschow said. “We kind of just pump each other up and get each other motivated to do our best.”

The baseball team last made playoffs in the 2008 season.

“Before district even started we already had a way better record compared to last season,” senior Collin Storms said.

Baseball is more than just a sport for the players. The game teaches them life lessons head coach Mike Campbell wants them to understand. They hope to carry these lessons with them for the rest of their careers.

“There are life lessons when you play a game or at practice,” Campbell said. “Things aren’t always easy, everything isn’t always easy, sometimes it’s hard, sometimes you have to work, [and] most of the time you have to work for what you want to get.”

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