Have you ever been afraid to hope because you don’t want to get yours and others hopes too high?
Well, I feel like that for the baseball teams this year. Yeah, I know one win does not make a season. But, it could set the tone for the players’ confidence levels.
Even though South Panola’s baseball team has lost a few, it went down to Meridian and played in the tournament over spring break.
The players did great. They held the No. 8 team in the state to one run. Yeah, Meridian beat South Panola 1-0, but to me that’s a major improvement.
So, while South Panola is going through the non-conference schedule and making others stand up and take notice, the conference schedule looms.
Only one team in the conference remains in the top 15 poll. Southaven is ranked No. 4 this week. How well South Panola performs in the conference will determine how long the season will be.
I was talking to some of the football players who showed up at the season opener. They wanted to support the baseball team because the players were at the football games supporting them.
One even said if South Panola makes it to the state championship game, they will sacrifice and show up with their shirts off. Since the state championship is played in May and not December, I can see how big of a sacrifice that will be.
I know many of you were as shocked as I was by the Georgia basketball team uproar.
I used to work at the University of Georgia so I like to see the teams there doing well. I don’t like to see the kind of situations where people take advantage of the athletes. As I have said in a previous article, after the usefulness of the athletes are over, they get dropped like a hot potato.
It’s not fair to the players. If they don’t get an education along with an athletic career, there won’t be anything for them after all the hype has died down.
I hope the younger players around the country take note and get their education the legal and sometimes hard way – going to class and studying.
See you on the sidelines…