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Bruins baseball swings into new season

Varsity baseball practices drills on the field. Photo by Maya Bussinger

By Ben Christmon

Can the Bruins Varsity baseball team make it to the championship in the 2022 season? The Bear River baseball team has been working very hard, and their preparation will be key to the success of the season. 

The Bruins had a lot to say about their preparation for the new season and the steps that will be needed to be successful. Freshman Cooper Berry mentioned what is needed for success. 

“Not getting hurt and lots of practice,” said Berry .

Senior Christian Kholbeck agreed, adding to Berry’s statement.

“Hard work, showing up on time, and a positive attitude,” he said.

Coach Russell Brackett gave insight on what the team is currently doing to improve their skills on the field.

“Right now, we are focused on playing a high level of catch,” Brackett said. “Baseball is a simple game. The team that can take care of the baseball on defense is generally the one who comes out on top.”

Junior Dakota Ayestaran also noted the importance of a solid preseason.

“All the kids showing up and getting their reps in [is important],” Ayestaran said.

The Bruins are ready to kick start their season. Athletes comment on what they look forward to as the baseball season progresses. 

“Playing baseball and having nice weather and just having fun,” Berry said. 

“Hanging out with everybody and the bus rides to away games,” said Kohlbeck. 

For Ayestaran, it is all about winning.

“[I look forward to] playing for the championship,” he said.

The goals of these Bruins are very important for each player because it gives them something to work for throughout the season.

Berry set some goals for himself and his team this year, aiming to have a successful season.

“[I hope to] hit a dinger and win some games,” Berry said.

Coach Brackett explained that his main goal for the season is to see his players develop into a solid team.

“My hopes as the season progresses are that we quickly bond as a team and learn to fight for one another,” he said. “There is nothing stronger than a team who believes in every guy and is willing to put others first.”

Kohlbeck hoped to see improvement in himself and his teammates.

“[I hope to] be a better baseball player,” he said. “Make it to the championship and be the best teammate I  can.” 

Brackett expressed his confidence in each player and the success of the team.

“I like that we don’t have any egos on this team,” said Brackett. “Everyone so far has shown the ability to be unselfish and put the team first. We also have a bunch of guys who aren’t afraid to work hard. Both of those things lead to team success and I expect great things from this team.”

~Maya Bussinger contributed to this report

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