With a new head coach, a goal for a playoff season and nothing to lose, the Elizabeth Cardinals baseball team is ready to face the tough competition …
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With a new head coach, a goal for a playoff season and nothing
to lose, the Elizabeth Cardinals baseball team is ready to face the
tough competition this season, working to surprise some teams along
After 11 years of coaching, two as the assistant and junior
varsity coach at Elizabeth, Tom Rasmussen is ready to step up to
the plate as the head coach who is hoping to take his team to the
next level this season.
Last year, the Cardinals did not make it to the playoff season
and this year that is their No. 1 goal. Because of a short season
last year, Rasmussen said the team is not expected to do much in
the league, but he believes they can.
“Anyone can beat anyone at any given time,” he said. “We
shouldn’t have any troubles competing with these teams, but we have
to be focused.”
One of the toughest teams the Cardinals will face is Wheat
Ridge, a team that dropped from 5A to 4A this year. Evergreen and
Golden will also challenge the Cardinals this season. Rasmussen is
aware of the strong teams, but knows any team is capable of
“There is always a dark horse that sneaks up on you and I hope
we are that dark horse,” he said.
Rasmussen said the team’s main focus is playing an aggressive
and smart game. The little things like getting the bunt on the
ground and moving runners up on the bases are requirements of each
game. Although at a recent game March 14, the Cardinals beat Platte
Valley 20-6, Rasmussen knows they will not have that kind of
blowout every time.
“We have to throw strikes and play good defense,” he said, “[by]
putting pressure on the team so they can fold and we can capitalize
on their mistakes.”
Positive attitudes are also a must on the Cardinal team.
Rasmussen said this year the team is working on being supportive of
one another on the field or on the bench. He reminds all the
players of the importance of backing each other up at all
“All the players need to be engaged in the game and encouraging
of their teammates,” he said. “If they don’t fulfill that kind of
attitude, they won’t be prepared when they step on the field and
they are letting their teammates down because there will be a time
when they will be out there and will need the same
So far the Cardinals have experienced some wins and some losses.
After a big win, the team works even harder in order to not become
satisfied with the success, always striving for more. And after a
loss, the team takes a pat on the back from Rasmussen moving
forward and learning from their mistakes.
Winning is the obvious best part about baseball for Rasmussen,
but the road to that success is the true reason he is still part of
the game. He said watching players progress in their skills and
achieve their goals makes all the time spent practicing worth
“Most of the kids don’t realize how good they could be if they
just pushed themselves a little bit harder,” he said. “So watching
them strive for perfection and realizing their potential is
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