Baseball prepares to defend title

Baseball returns to the mound after coming off the SOL Colonial Championship. Players and coaches are prioritizing team unity and work ethic.


Zoe Bass

Strike out…Pitching a fastball, junior Austin Kreyenhagen struck out six Central Bucks West players on April 17.

As they continue to enhance their skills individually to become a better team overall, the boys baseball season is in full swing.Boys baseball started March 6.
For the players, the baseball season starts much earlier than March, head varsity baseball coach Michael Childs said.
“We start fall baseball and just basically practice one or two times [a week] and then run six scrimmages,” Childs said.
According to senior Luke Kolumber, the large amount of time the boys spend together strengthens their bond and brings them closer together.
“Our team is a very close group of guys. On top of practicing every day after school and games, the team meets up at batting cages later in the day to improve our hitting and bond outside of practice,” Kolumber said. “We also go out to dinner after every win to celebrate and bond even more.”
Kolumber feels that in order to be a good team in a game that can rely on each other’s support, you need to make sure everyone on the team gets along.
“Baseball isn’t an easy sport. It is not only physically but also mentally taxing. Our coaches and other teammates are there for the players to help them improve anything they’re struggling with, and guide them to success,” Kolumber said.
According to Childs, the team has five number one pitchers.
“Our pitching staff [last year] was four or five deep,” Childs said. “This year, we’re eight deep in pitching.”
Specific to this season, the team is filled with talent, according to Childs.
“For the first time in a long time that we have 20 guys on a team that I feel we can put in different positions and be successful.”
Junior Austin Kreyenhagen feels like the team is a family and everyone has each other’s backs throughout the whole season.
“I make sure I give my 100% because I know that everyone else on the field is going to give their 100% to help me,” Kreyenhagen said.
Coming off of a loss in last year’s playoffs, the team is even more driven to win this year.
“Last year, the varsity team was electric in every game they played and that helped them become the 2022 SOL colonial division champs,” Kolumber said. “A devastating loss in the playoffs last year against Hatboro-Horsham left this year’s varsity team hungry for the state title.”
The baseball team works to push each other from within their own roster.
“[My teammates] always push me to be my best. They always tell me what I do wrong so I can fix it and they’re always there for me,” Kreyenhagen said. “If I need help with anything, I can always ask my teammates and I can always ask my coach when I need help.”
According to junior Nathan Woodbury, the team works well together.
“I think our team dynamics are good, as well as the program,” Woodbury said. “Pretty much everyone is very supportive and we all have fun.”
Woodbury likes that his teammates are encouraging.