By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindaler
When the season started Grace Christian head baseball coach Ralph Goss, in his fifth season with the Eagles, knew full well what to expect.
“We knew we were going to be young,” Goss said. “For the most part we are a jayvee team. We have two 11th graders and two 10th graders and the rest are seventh, eighth and ninth graders.” Goss has 21 players on his roster with seven of those being home schoolers.
“I really think we have done well,” he said. “We are playing above .500 ball and really seem to be coming together well. We have only lost two high school games and have won five or six.
“We play a lot of doubleheaders and we have six players who have never even played baseball,” he said. “But I think everybody is happy with the progress we are making. It’s not easy putting a schedule together. We average playing eight or 10 (dates) a year.”
There is not a season-ending tournament on the schedule as of yet, but Goss said that might be a possibility.
Junior Dalton Matthews plays first base, while fellow junior Austin Burkus is behind the plate for the Eagles. Lucas Borntrager plays shortstop, centerfield and pitcher for GCS, with Michael Fuller pitching and playing second base and Daniel Halfacre playing short, centerfield and third base.
Halfacre is the lead-off hitter for Grace Christian, with Borntrager batting second, Burkus third and Matthews fourth.
“Those guys are the heart of the team and have been playing real well for us,” he said.
GCS plays its home games at Academy Park and will be entertaining Starkville Christian for a doubleheader on April 17 before closing out the regular season on the road against Jackson Victory in a junior varsity and varsity contest.