Baseball swings into season


Photo courtesy of Jeremy Sikora

Seniors Jeremy Sikora, Zach McClenathan, and Aidan Metts pose with Junior Zach Thornburg during their Florida trip. The boys spent a few days in the Sunshine State where they made some of their favorite memories with the team.

The Hiller Baseball team is ready to knock this season out of the park. Looking forward to a successful spring season, practicing and working hard to strengthen their skills in open gym sessions since December, our boys are quite the catch. Under the guidance of Coaches Lanzy, Stack and Vankirk, the team is not only built for success but is hopeful to catch wins throughout the journey to playoffs. 

Personal goals of Senior Captain Jeremy Sikora, Senior Zachary McClenathan and Junior Zach Thornburg include making playoffs as a team. McClenathan is working on being a better leader and believes in the future of the young, growing team. Personal goals of Sikora involve keeping composure and staying consistent with batting. Thornburg plans to keep practicing and working hard to get some wins.  

Recently, the boys took a trip to Florida for a series of games in which all McClenathan, Sikora and Thornburg describe some of their favorite memories being created. This trip could be called quite the hit. The boys appreciated the time spent being with each other and enjoyed rooming together while also starting the season off with a bang. 

Sikora’s advice to younger baseball players is to appreciate every moment because it goes by all too fast, stating “stay calm, have fun and trust the process.” 

He was inspired to play baseball by his Dad, who he describes as supportive and always in attendance at his games. He is very appreciative of him and likes to play for not only himself, but for his Dad, too. Sikora would like to give a special thank you to Mr. Phillips, his previous baseball coach, who Sikora described as very entertaining and special in the fact that he always kept everyone on the team involved. Thornburg is inspired by the atmosphere around the baseball team and is motivated by being with everyone and spending meaningful time together. McClenathan also describes his inspiration as being his Dad who is a strong support system for him and always guides him when needed, pushing him to be a better person and player. 

Currently with three wins in the bag, the boys are on a good track to reaching their goals. Be sure to stay updated as their next conference home game is scheduled for 4/20, vs Albert Gallatin, at W&J field, 7:00 pm. The team faces what McClenathan describes as the team’s biggest rival, Peters Township, on 05/02, W&J field, 4:00 pm. Good luck boys we hope the season goes full swing!