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Baseball was the focus for the members of the Elizabeth High School baseball teams when they spent their spring break playing four games in Arizona.
“It is always nice to leave Colorado's chilly weather behind for the warm temperatures in Arizona,” Cardinal coach Doug Severinson said. “There were teams from all over the United States in the tournament. We got lucky and played four very good Arizona team. We didn't play very well in a couple of the games and could have come out with a 3-1 record but that didn't happen. I think it helped our guys unless they show up and play their best in every game you can't win games.”
He said the teams they played had already played 20 games so they got to see good pitching and solid play by solid baseball teams.
The team and the players did fundraisers so they could fly to the Phoenix area. When they arrived, the coach said they all stayed in the same motel and went from place to place in two rented vans.
“Having all the guys together around the clock helps build camaraderie among the players and helps us grow closer as a team,” he said. “We played one game a day so there was time to do some fun things like watching the Grand Canyon University play Kansas college game and we got to see a Colorado Rockies spring training game. There was a lot of baseball but there was time for the guys to enjoy the warm weather and the activities around the motel like the pool.”
He said this is the second straight year for the Arizona trip and he hopes it will become an annual event.
“I think it is good for our players and good for our team,” the coach said. “If we do continue to make the trip, I want us to be more competitive against the very good baseball teams we will face there.”
This is the second year the Cardinals' Colin Steinke has made the trip to Arizona.
“We like the warm weather and we see some very good baseball teams,” he said. “The weather means they play all year. There, pitchers throw really hard and very well plus they are quick with the delivery. They also hit the ball very well. I think playing those teams helps us become a better baseball team.”
He said learned some things about how to improve his play as he watched the Arizona shortstops play the position.
“I saw how they moved to anticipate the path of the ball and I want to try to use that technique when I play shortstop,” he said. “I also think facing their pitchers will help me hit better. I think facing that pitching will help me be prepared to do a better job at the plate here in Colorado.”
He said his goal for the season is to make fewer than three errors at shortstop.
“I played shortstop last year. I don't know how many errors I made last year but I want to do a better job at that position this year,” he said. “I think I am a better shortstop this year. I am a better fielder and at covering the area from my position. So I hope our trip to Arizona helps me field and hit better so I can help our team win games.”
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