Maxwell High School’s baseball team is still a week away from the season opener, and the Panthers have been working hard.
The 2018 Maxwell Panther season may have brought a 16-8 final record, but the Panthers devoted that season to a learning experience for both players and the coaching staff.
“We spent a lot of time on fundamentals and learning how to play the game right. This year’s team is coming in with a solid foundation of returning players, led by a strong senior class,” said second year head coach Tyler Wells.
Maxwell will consist of a 14 team roster with four returning starters: Timmy Kromis (first base), Cody Pearson (catcher), Wyatt Hendrix (pitcher) and Nick Azevedo (third base). Even with the loss of four strong seniors, Wells said he isn’t worried about talent returning.
“Winning games comes down to a few plays here or there, and I believe this team will learn how to win,” Wells said. “We just have to put our heads down and grind.”
Pearson, the Panthers’ returning catcher, will bring stability and leadership to the team, while new comers DJ Windsor, Shane Danley and Trent Hendrix shed new talent on the field.
Maxwell’s top pitcher from last season, Angel Velazquez, will be a hard act to replace but pitching could arise to be a strength for the Panthers with five potential pitchers competing to fill up the strike zone.
“We have every opportunity to be successful,” Wells said. “It comes down to a culture thing. Every practice we strive to be better than we were yesterday.”
Maxwell’s season opener is next Wednesday as they host Williams at a 3:30 PM start time. ■