Jefferson viewed the tournament as a great opportunity to practice on fields while many of their regular season competitors were forced to practice indoors. Barber was grateful for the preparation that the tournament provided to his boys.
“The weather was not very good here while we were gone. We were able to have four quality practices on their fields along with the games that we played,” Barber said.
Proud of his teammates’ efforts at the Easter Classic, senior right-fielder Powers said, “We made a statement with our play. Nobody believed that a small town school like us could compete with bigger and typically better schools than we are used to.”
And compete they most certainly did. Coming out with a record of 1-1, Jefferson achieved a victory over Southeast High School with a score of 9-6 in an 8-inning game.
The tournament was a great learning experience for the younger players who are on the varsity team.
Matt Barber, sophomore first baseman, said, “The tournament allowed us to see a lot of better pitching and practice in very nice weather.” Although the practice that the trip offered will be valuable for the team’s success this season it is the team bonding that they truly cherish.
“We pulled a lot of pranks on one another and that just made it more fun and enjoyable. It helped us to become closer and our bond grew stronger,” said Powers.
His teammate Barber agreed that they became closer on and off of the field. Scott Barber also enjoyed spending time with his team and watching them acquire a strong team chemistry.
“Each day the team became closer not only on the field but in other aspects of the trip,” said Barber.
The group, consisting of 17 players and three coaches, all admitted that although there were only two games they fostered valuable team chemistry that they will be able to take with them through the rest of the season and throughout their future endeavors.