Vols sacrifice to improve in summer
Starkville Academy's Harper Arnold throws a pitch this past spring. Arnold and the Volunteers are playing this summer getting ready for next spring. (Photo by Lee Adams)
Sometimes to improve as a baseball team comes the sacrifice of giving up part of a summer.
Instead of spending the month of June relaxing or traveling with family and friends, the Starkville Academy Volunteers are busy working on improving their game for the upcoming season and if you ask their coach, the work is paying off.
â€śSummer went very well,â€ť SA coach Jody Britt said. â€śWe played older than we did last year. We didnâ€™t make the same young mistakes that we have in the past. Overall, we played better.â€ť
The improvement was well-deserved considering the Vols averaged four games a week in which they played area teams like Starkville High, East Webster, New Hope and Heritage Academy. A gauntlet like that is often tiring, but for Britt, the opportunity to acquire so many game reps provided the chance to try people in spots they normally would not play.
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