2020 BASEBALL PREVIEW: Panthers look to team camaraderie this season

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Following high school graduation, the next season of sports oftentimes comes with a void. But the Maxwell Panther’s 2020 baseball season looks like the athletes that left at the end of their senior year in 2019, have passed the battalion to those playing this year and next.

“We have 20 kids coming out thus far,” said third-year Head Coach, Tyler Wells. “Our biggest edge will be experience. The senior and junior classes have played in a lot of close, important games. We have a great group of leadership that makes my coaching job easier.”

Maxwell ended their 2019 season with a 10-12 overall record, 3-5 in league play. Pitching will be a major strength this season for the Panthers as the returning brother duo of Trent and Wyatt Hendrix make their way to the mound once again.

“We have seasoned pitchers and new pitchers this season,” stated Wells. “Senior Chase Wells will be pitching for us this year, along with two underclassmen, Dylan Dry and Eriberto Galvan”

Perhaps one of Maxwell’s strongest attributes is the diversity of their players. Returning players Shane Danley, Steven Avery, and Ignacio Velazquez can play any position on the field and will share vital roles in the Panthers’ success. Alongside great players is a set of coaches who are also key to Maxwell’s baseball program.

“Having assistant coaches is important to any good program,” said Wells. “We have four guys that dedicate their time to the team: Scott Wells, Jason Deaner, and Kyle and Brett Cabral.”

Maxwell baseball has hit the ground running as the school’s athletes have already scuffed up dirt on the Panthers’ diamond.

“These kids want to come out to get better, not because they are forced but because they are buying into the culture of what truly Maxwell baseball should be,” Wells said.

Maxwell’s season opens up with a home game against Mt. Shasta on Feb. 28 at 3:30 PM. ■