Pitching could be key for Elks this season
Consistent pitching is something Burleson baseball coach Daniel Bruce expects to see this season.
“I feel good about this team,” Bruce said. “I think the foundation is our pitching. That’s where you always have to start. They are throwing strikes and that’s what I want to see.”
The Elks will be looking to return to the playoffs after a one year hiatus. Last season, Burleson went 5-9 in district play and finished the season with an overall record of 13-17.
Bruce will be looking for his two district starting pitchers from among seniors Cameron Hauch, Jacob Amador and senior Kain Rodriguez and juniors T.J. Pound, Blake Myers and Isaiah Smith, junior.
“I’m just looking for someone to step up,” Bruce said. “You might find out that kids can do things better and they are able to handle situations. Sometimes kids get a knack for it on the mound and they take control of the game. That’s kind of what I’m looking for, someone that can command the game and keep the defense involved. Throwing strikes and challenging hitters so the pitch count rule doesn’t come into effect. That’s what I’m looking for out of those guys.”