Recently I interviewed the BSE 2015 JH Baseball coach Brian Pruett and assistant coaches Ron Myers and Jake McWhorter about the season. The coaches are very excited about this year and to be coaching such a great group of kids.
Coach Pruett's thoughts on making this year’s season enjoyable is to instill a love of the game into the kids through creating a fun, instructive environment. Coach Pruett believes that it's very important to learn and enjoy the game at a young age, to learn to play right, and to become a better person. The top three strengths the team has this year are their abilities to field, hit and lead. Notable leaders are found in junior high athletes Brytan Pruett, Nicholas Rosborough, Caleb Atwood, and Jace McWhorter. Coach Pruett is very excited for this year’s season, and says that he believes it will be a very enjoyable one. He has a great group of kids as well as a great group of parents.
Coach McWhorter believes teamwork, especially with baseball is the most important aspect of a championship team. He says it is a complete team sport. Not one person can win the game on their own. Coach McWhorter is in charge of first base running. I asked him how do you coach baserunning? He responded, "We coach it as a team at first. We work together to establish the fundamentals, then we fine turn each player one on one to work on their areas of improvement." Coach McWhorter says that as coaches, parents, and fans we are extremely proud of all these kids coming from two communities, blending together, working hard, and having a fun time, to become better together. These boys are a real team.”
Coach Myers's coaching goals are to build a youth program of boys from Brownstown and St. Elmo. He wants to build friendships, leadership, responsibility, and an engaged work ethic while teaching the game of baseball. Myers’ ultimate goal is to watch our youth excel into a great baseball program. Coach Myers’ most important accomplishment as a coach and as a team is to have the boys buy into the program as well as the parents.
The boys involved in JH Baseball for this 2015 season include eighth graders Caleb Atwood, Brytan Pruett, Kolton Sapp, and Kaden Tish. Seventh graders are Nicholas Rosborough, Jace McWhorter, David Stine, Francisco Viramontes, and Jaden Tish. Sixth graders round up the team with Brady Maxey, Dalton Myers, Lucas Miller, Kevin Hall, Taylor Smith, Whyte Chandler, Dillan Powell, Gavin Smith, and Nathan Grull.
By Sydney Rosborough
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