HOLLANDALE — Simmons High School baseball coach Ted Washington engaged in a bit of rare early season reflection and projection following an indoor practice on Wednesday.
A few rain postponed games to start the season might be just what the 2021 Simmons High School Blues Devils baseball team needs. The team opened the season on Monday against perhaps the prohibitive favorite (Shaw) to win the division with a squad where the words young and inexperienced are apropos.
“We have only two guys on the team who have any type of real experience,” Washington explained. “We have sophomores and juniors on the team, but they really haven’t ever played organized baseball at all.”
If there is a silver lining to all of the team’s inexperience, it’s that the experience lies in positions that can help control the tempo of the game, manage game time emotions and keep games competitive.
“Our two most experienced players are my pitcher and catcher, Roderick Wilson and Javontae White. Roderick has been the ace pitcher for the team, the last three years.”
The Simmons battery mates will anchor both the defense and offense. And until leaders begin to emerge, Washington had an early season game plan.
“I think we will have to play small ball until we establish an identity for this season,” he said. “This season will be one where we play some tough non conference opponents like Riverside and teams within our division like Rosedale who are just as young as us. And there are a couple of teams in our division that we’ve never played before.”
Simmons will host its next home game on Tuesday against Amanda Elzy.
“The only predictions I have for this season is that we keep getting better, making progress and moving forward,” Washington said.