Thursday, July 18, 2013
Young Cards play 14 summer games
By BARRY BURLESON
Coach Andrew Aldridge believes building a successful baseball program extends beyond the regular season.
For the second straight summer, his Potts Camp Cardinals played a summer slate of games.
“Playing together as a group is always helpful,” Coach Aldridge said. “It’s good anytime you can get more time on the field.”
Potts Camp played 14 games against mostly area teams.
He said the wins and losses are not crucial in the summer.
“The main thing is getting the kids in a game situation to see how they react,” Aldridge said.
He said next year’s high school team will be young, with only two seniors, Josh Bonds and Andrew Yeats.
He had 17 players for the summer in the eighth through 12th grades.
“The kids responded well,” Aldridge said. “It was a successful summer.”
Next baseball season, he plans to play a high school and junior high schedule, and then also a high school and junior high slate in the summer.
In 2014, the Cardinals will compete in Division 2-2A versus Coahoma AHS, Coahoma County, H.W. Byers, Strayhorn and West Tallahatchie.
Last season, Coach Aldridge’s first at the school, Potts Camp made the playoffs and lost in the first round to East Union. The Urchins advanced all the way to the Class 2A state championship series in Jackson and finished second to Taylorsville.
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