By Dillon Jones
March 10, 2021
Preparing for games in the Miami Valley Conference, Norwood baseball players headed to Shea Stadium last week for tryouts and are now ready to kick off the Spring 2021 season.
Due to COVID-19, every team comes back this year after an extended break. The first few games of every team’s season are expected to be warm-ups, as each team will try to shake off the rust.
Norwood High School baseball will only have a varsity team this season due to low numbers, but it’s enough to fill the roster.
Head varsity Coach Steve Bosch says, “We’ll have to run a lot this season. We don’t have the big hitters we’ve had in the past, but we have the speed to push in runs.”
With the team being young and not very experienced hitters, it will have to generate most runs off of steals and small hits to bring in runners. To capitalize on those strengths, the team opened the first few practices running sprints and bases.
Having a young team with fresh legs, this is the perfect opportunity to use this game plan. After last year’s season cancellation, many players are happy for the opportunity to play at all, especially seniors.
Senior Cole Redmon says, “I’m looking forward to spending my senior season with my friends and teammates and seeing all of our hard work and time spent after practice paying off. With a young team I expect there to be little bumps here and there but overall, I expect us to have a good season.”
With no stats from last year to fuel predictions for conference frontrunners, the reigning Conference Champions in CHCA, Summit Country Day and Cincinnati Christian, are always expected to be a challenge. Against these teams, Norwood will attempt to run away with the games on the offensive side, pushing in as many runs as possible.
The team will kick off the season playing against Seven Hills on Saturday, March 27. This will be the first test for the young team.