With such tough competition in the Skyline League, and with very little time to play teams outside the Skyline, Elkton’s baseball squad knew it faced an uphill battle this season.
“We knew our league would be difficult with Umpqua Valley Christian, Glide and Glendale all being very tough this year,” said Elks Manager Devin Luzier. He added that it “would have been nice to play a few more non-league games, but there just isn’t enough time in this shortened season.”
Still, Luzier said he’s pleased to have seen improvement this year, even in such a tight timeline. Elkton traveled to Creswell and defeated the Bulldogs 18-10 early in the season, and the Elks took a pair of wins from Riddle during a May 7 doubleheader. They were blanked by UVC, 13-0, last Tuesday, and dropped a close rematch to Creswell on Monday.
Luzier credits his team’s seniors with leadership that set a positive tone for the entire squad. And many Elks should return next season, bringing this season’s experience with them. Of the 17 players on this year’s team, only three seniors will graduate, and the team features only one junior. “The rest are sophomores and freshmen, so we should have a solid foundation to build on for the next several years,” Luzier said.
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