The Tigers baseball team started off the season with a new coach who put high expectations on all the players. Coach McCallister set the expectation that the team steadily improve over the season and peak at playoffs. Even though their 1-23 record does not seem like success, the boys worked hard and were dedicated to leaving their best on the field.
By the time Sectionals against Gilmer came, they had just 10 players on the roster, yet they turned their best performances of the year. They lost back to back sectional games but fought them tooth and nail, losing each game 4-5. Sophomore Adam Thompson said his favorite moment of the season was the last game of sectionals because “the team came together and fought back and had fun while doing it.”
Ending their Wirt baseball career this year are four seniors: Seth Kerby, Matt Toney, Caleb Winnell, and Hunter McIntyre. Their positive example of what it means to lead will help the younger teammates succeed in the future.
Coach McCallister, speaking of his 2016 players, said, “As a first year coach I couldn’t have asked for a better group of young men to work with. We will be losing some very important seniors, but we have some really good players coming back. Couple that with a promising group of eighth graders and we are poised to be competitive in the LKC next year. I feel like this season was a potential turning point for Wirt County baseball and hopefully we are going to be able to build on the energy we carry over from this year and return this program to a perennial playoff contender.”