The Royse City High School baseball team celebrated a successful season last week at its annual banquet.
In addition to recognizing five seniors who have signed on to play baseball in college, friends and family of team members met at the high school to look back on a successful year. The team was named bi-district champions this year and made it to the UIL 5A Area Playoffs.
Clay Wolfe, the team’s coach, said he was proud of his team, not only for the way they won games, but also for the way they fought even in games they ended up coming up short of a win. The team gifted Wolfe a special framed photo of the team at the baseball banquet held May 22.
“We didn’t always make it, but there was never any quit there,” Wolfe told the Royse City Herald-Banner.
As for the group that he coached this year, Wolfe said players embraced each other like family and came together when it mattered most. He added that the perseverance the team showed early in the season held up throughout the year.
“We didn’t have any bad guys; it was a family environment,” Wolfe said.
Kade Hitt, a senior who played first baseman, thanked the community for their support. He said local fans helped the team during its most important games.
“They always had our back and cheered us on, especially in that first round of playoffs,” Hitt said. “Just having that vibe really helped us out.”
Drake Warner, who is also a senior, said he is going to miss fighting against the odds alongside his teammates, many of whom he has played with throughout his high school career. Warner was the catcher for the team.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better senior year. The group of guys we had this season were phenomenal,” Warner said. “The way we went out and battled was great.”
Blake Anderson, a pitcher, said the team held each other accountable and played to each other’s strengths, and said the team was a “brotherhood.”
“We learned that we shouldn’t worry about where a challenge is taking you. We should worry about where you are in the moment,” he said.
Though saying farewell to his seniors will be bittersweet, Wolfe said he is already looking forward to the players that will be filling their shoes in the next season. He said the challenges the team overcame during the season will be lessons students can use later in life.
“We want them to win at life. I want them winning in the classroom, I want them winning at home and I want them winning on the field,” Wolfe said.