Braves baseball team must make do indoors, await delayed season opener
The Bonner Springs baseball team anticipated restrictions in early season outdoor practice time as their home field is being renovated, the infield is being re-sodded and new dirt is going in, but recent winter weather has further delayed those renovations, creating even less outdoor practice than expected.
“We were able to start on the first day of spring practice, but with the weather, the work to the field has been pushed back,” BSHS coach Scott Lero said. “The renovation is a five-day job and after it’s done the field has to sit for awhile before we can get out on it.”
It’s been understandably frustrating at times for the Braves, yet they know it’s something that’s always a possibility.
“I’ve played and coached in Kansas high school baseball and told the team this is just something we have to deal with playing in the spring,” Lero said. “We don’t like it, but we have to put the work in or we can’t expect the results we want.”
Frustrations aside, the Braves have been able to remain productive in the practice time they have had.
“We ask these guys to be mentally tough and having to go through this makes them pay attention to detail,” Lero said. “We’re not able to hit live, but we’ve got in some skill, hands and fielding work in and are focusing in on the little things.”
And the team’s leaders are doing their best to keep up morale.
“As a team we want to try and bring a special type of attitude in this situation,” senior Luis Gardea said. “We want to remain disciplined and stay focused on what we’re supposed to be doing.”
Fellow senior Logan Terrell added: “It’s frustrating, but we’ve been working hard in the gym. We’ve dealt with rainouts, just nothing like this. We have to keep our spirits and confidence up.”
Their patience has surely been tested, but the Braves were noticeably upbeat as they played a competitive game of wiffle ball Tuesday afternoon inside the BSHS gymnasium. The team won’t have to wait much longer for the real thing as it is scheduled to open the season with a 1 p.m. Saturday doubleheader at Lansing that will make up Tuesday’s postponed game. A trip to Piper on Thursday has been rescheduled for April 22.