The St. Thomas Aquinas Falcons baseball season is just around the corner. All the practices, scrimmages and preparations will be put to the test for the Falcons’ first game on February 23 against North Vermilion High School at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Alumni Field. For head coach Barrett Morgan, that game can’t come soon enough.
“I’m looking forward to the upcoming season. To be honest I’m hungry,” said Morgan. “My players seem excited and ready. I can’t wait to see them take the field and compete.” The Falcons made it all the way to the state quarterfinals last season. They lost to eventual state champion Kinder by a score of 7-6 at the home of STA baseball, newly renovated Austin Brooks Field in Hammond.
“It was a tough pill to swallow,” said Morgan. “We were young and made it a long way. Hopefully, that can teach our guys for this upcoming season that we’ve been there before. We know the work its going to take to get back there and win and continue to move deeper in the playoffs.”
Morgan feels that is field, one of few in the state to offer an all turf infield, is an advantage for his team. “Our turf is almost one of a kind and we just installed new lighting. It’s a special place to play” said Morgan.
Assistant coach Cole Catalano is also looking toward the upcoming season, “Coach and I have been telling our kids to not become complacent. Just because we made it far last year doesn’t mean its going to be handed to us this year. I feel we have a veteran group that will compete and grow and go further than we did last year.”
That optimism and mindset has been picked up by some of the players as well. Hunter Stanley, a senior infielder and pitcher, is now ready to lead his team in the 2016 campaign. “I wrote a quote on coach’s white board that said: The road to the top of the mountain starts today. I love my teammates, and I know that we will go out there and compete to win,” he said.
“Our goal this season is high, and that is to make the semis” said Morgan. “There has only been one other team in school history to do so. It’s time to change the culture and break the norm. I know my schedule is tough, but I’m confident in my guys.”
The Falcons finished the 2015 season with a record of 21-10 and a 5-3 mark in Class 2A. For more information on Falcons baseball, visit http://www.falconsports.org/baseball.html
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