Baseball Heads to Arizona to Dry Out and Turn Things Around


Senior Dawson Day follows through with his swing in a game last season.

John Doumit, Staff Writer

The Centennial Baseball team has gotten off to a rough start this season losing all of their first four games to Grant, Sunset, Hillsboro and West Albany. The team is led by Kevin Christie who has been coaching the varsity team at Centennial for the last four three years.

So far this season the Eagles have had trouble scoring only getting six runs in the four games. The defense also hasn’t been very reliable they have allowed their opponents to score 23 times.  Despite the early struggles Christie believes the Eagles can turn things around if they “start doing the little things.” Christie also said, “We need to correct our mental mistakes.”

So far this season the Eagles have held most of their practices in the gym due to the rain. Due to the weather being very bad here in Oregon, the Eagles are really looking forward to their upcoming trip to Arizona to take part in the Coach Bob Invitational.  Christie said the goal of the trip is “to get closer together.”   In Arizona the team will be able to get better and compete with some very good teams.

On the this year’s team there are eight seniors, six juniors, one sophomore and one freshman. Christie said the leaders on the team are Dawson Day and Brendan Ritschard. Day is not only one of the best players on his team but he is one of the best players in the state, Christie said.

The Eagles will head to Arizona over spring break, and they will play three games in four days. Christie reiterated that in order to have success there the team will need to fix their mental mistakes and start focusing better during games. When the team comes back they will immediately begin Mount Hood Conference play on Monday April 5 at Oregon City.

The overall goal that the team set for this season was to win the league championship. Christie said, “We can reach our goal if we correct our mistakes and do the little things.” The outcome of the next couple of weeks will go a long way in determining how the rest of the season goes for the Eagles.