LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The high school baseball season will heat up Friday as the Joe Heath Classic gets underway at Lafayette Jeff, Harrison, and McCutcheon. Both the Mavericks and the Bronchos expect to have productive weekends.
The Mavericks are off to a 2-0 start this season thanks in larger part to the 1-2 punch on the mound from senior Justin Curry and junior Jordan Young.
"We think we should be decent this year and compete with most teams, I think the biggest thing is that our pitching has been really good and we've been around the play. Our 1-2 punch is going to need to be the top for us in the conference and in there at the top of their game and they were really good this week and hopefully that will carry on throughout the season for us," said McCutcheon head coach Jake Burton.
"Me and Jordan definitely are competitive and we go back and forth on offense and defense and we kind of let the other guys know that it's serious and this year we just want to stay hungry and stay competitive throughout the year," said senior pitcher Justin Curry.
"I think our biggest goal is to get better as a team. And we want to get more wins in conference this year, last year we came up a game short so hopefully we win a couple more games," said junior pitcher Jordan Young.
Meanwhile, Lafayette Jeff is hoping to bounce back from an up and down season a year ago and will try and do so with a lineup that returns 8 starters.
Last season ended for the Bronchos by being eliminated in Sectionals by cross town rival Harrison. Jeff head coach Scott McTaggert has continued to remind his team that winning 16 games is not acceptable.
"To have 16 wins in our program is not acceptable for anybody. It's not acceptable for the players, coaches, or fans. We've kind of made that our challenge and they're not real happy about it. It's a sense of pride with these guys and it's something that they want to improve on and this is their story, their legacy at Lafayette Jeff so they want to end on a good note," said Lafayette Jeff head coach Scott McTaggert.
"That loss against Harrison in the sectionals really hurt and really motivated us to come out and work hard. My goal is that we have 20 wins this year and win the sectional. We also want to be top half in the conference so those will be goals for us," said senior Peter Ripke.
"Hopefully we can get off to a good start instead of waiting for so long until we are finally playing some good baseball. Last year was more of a growing year so hopefully this year we can get after it," said senior Reid Pittard.
The Joe Heath Classic Schedule:
Friday, April 5, 2013
Logansport vs. Lafayette Jeff (at Loeb Stadium)
Terre Haute N. vs. Gary West (at Loeb Stadium)
Huntington North vs. Harrison (at Harrison)
Chesterton vs. McCutcheon (at McCutcheon)
Saturday, April 6, 2013
At Loeb Stadium
Chesterton vs. Lafayette Jeff
Gary West vs. Chesterton
Gary West vs. Huntington North
Huntington North vs. Lafayette Jeff
Terre Haute North vs. McCutcheon
Harrison vs. Terre Haute North
Harrison vs. Logansport
Logansport vs. McCutcheon
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