Summer has started, but the cleats have not been put away for the JV baseball team. The boys have already started the junior legion baseball season with a record of 2-0. Millard West baseball produces many kids who play at the next level, whether that is D1, JUCO, D2, the NAIA and even the pros. With seven seniors leaving after the conclusion of this season, somebody will need to fill in the missing rolls.
The Millard West JV baseball finished the season 15-11. Many players stuck out this season, who will most likely be an addition to the varsity team during the 2018 season. Players like Caleb Riedel, Tristan Gomes, and Max Anderson led the team in almost every stat category.
“I didn’t pay attention to my stats the whole season. I just played the game I love. When I looked at the stats at the end of the season I was surprised by how good of a season I had,” Riedel said.
Anderson, one of the three freshman who made JV, led the team in batting average and the lowest ERA.
“I wish the season would’ve ended in a district championship, but for my first high school season I’ll take third place,” Anderson said. “I learned a lot from our coaching staff and helped me to become a better player.”
After the conclusion of the spring season Anderson will be moved up to the senior legion baseball team. He is the first freshman in three years to be moved up to varsity after his first high school spring season.
Gomes is another freshman on the JV team. Gomes was second on the team in batting average and led the team in fielding percentage, only committing four errors the entire season.
“I hope to make the varsity team and become a major contributor to the team,” Gomes said.
With the varsity team coming up short in the state tournament, the JV players will need to step it up to win the first ever state championship for Millard West.