High School Baseball Preview: Moore Lions Will Rely on NewcomersMar 05, 2013
The 2013 edition of the Moore Lions baseball team is looking at a bar for achievement that has been set very high by last year’s team. In Tony Borum’s first year as the Lion’s head coach the team got hot late in the season and rode solid pitching and timely hitting to a state tournament appearance.
If this year’s team is to duplicate that feat it will be powered by a roster filled with new faces.
“I lost 12 seniors last year but my younger players from last year have practiced hard and I believe that they are ready for the challenge,” said Borum.
That blend of work ethic and skill has Borum feeling pretty optimistic as the team scrimmages in preparation for their season opener. While the team won’t bring the same level of experience as last year’s team, returning starters Austin Bright and Colin Webb should provide solid leadership for talented newcomers Colby Morales, Ryan Lujan and Donny Vail.
“Speed and pitching would be our strengths,” said Borum, “Not having much experience on the varsity level would be our weakness as of right now.”
As was the case last year, the Lions will be looking to get hot when it matters most. Getting into the post-season is the first step for Moore. As they found last year, once the tournament begins anything can happen.
One thing that’s proving to be a huge motivation for the Lions this year: the taste of playing on the state’s biggest stage in May. Borum says once you get a chance to play in the state tournament, it breeds a desire to get back.
“Expectations are always the same,” said Borum, “Make sure you give yourself the opportunity to win, and compete all the time.”