Greater Beckley Christian's new baseball program in full swing - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

Greater Beckley Christian's new baseball program in full swing

Posted: Updated:

A clear sky, fresh cut grass, and new dirt set the stage for Greater Beckley Christian's first ever home baseball game with the school's first ever baseball team.

"We're excited about that. The boys are excited, they bought into it. I was expecting to have maybe 12 kids out the first year and we had 20 come out," said head coach Chris Walls.

Building the program first meant getting a field. Though it was ready to go on gameday, it took a lot of work.

Junior Cody Reedy explained, "they call it the dust bowl, and Coach Walls did a great job fixing it up and we're just ready to get the first game down on it."

While many high school baseball teams are rebuilding and replacing graduated seniors. Greater Beckley is starting from scratch. Some players on the team are learning how to play America's pastime for the very first time.

"They didn't know what a sacrifice fly was, or how to run the bases," said Walls.

Assistant coach Patrick McNeely added, "at first it was kind of tough, we had to start from t-ball level and had to graduate them to high school players."

While only some players have previous experience, every player has good work ethic and plays with heart. They've been taught the key to success.

"Just hustle really," said sophomore Jon Paul Kessinger, "it's really hard to teach skill right now but coaches always told us hustle is free."

Coaches and players agree, daily improvement is much more important than the wins and losses.

Though the Crusaders are still on the hunt for their first win, they don't get discouraged. But instead, towards the end goal, sectionals.

The coaches have patience and confidence in their team.

"They're a great bunch of kids and they do anything we ask them to do and go 100% so we're having fun with it," said Walls.

"I think if you look at us five years from now, we're going to be the people you don't want to play," McNeely added.

The Crusaders lost their home opener, but there will be plenty more games, because Greater Beckley Baseball has just begun.

  • Concord Announces 2017-18 Men's Basketball Schedule

    Concord Announces 2017-18 Men's Basketball Schedule

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 4:15 PM EDT2017-07-19 20:15:34 GMT

    The Concord University Men's Basketball team will open the 2017-18 season at the CIAA-MEC Challenge in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with matchups against Fayetteville State and Winston-Salem State November 10 and 11. The Mountain Lions home opener is scheduled for November 15 versus Mercer County rival Bluefield State.

    The Concord University Men's Basketball team will open the 2017-18 season at the CIAA-MEC Challenge in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with matchups against Fayetteville State and Winston-Salem State November 10 and 11. The Mountain Lions home opener is scheduled for November 15 versus Mercer County rival Bluefield State.

  • MSAC Commissioner passes away

    MSAC Commissioner passes away

    Friday, July 14 2017 3:21 PM EDT2017-07-14 19:21:23 GMT
    FILE: Fred Aldridge (2015)FILE: Fred Aldridge (2015)

    A man who has led sports in West Virginia for more than 20 years has died.  Fred Aldridge, the long standing commissioner of the Mountain State Athletic Conference, passed away during the morning hours on Friday, July 14, 2017.  

    A man who has led sports in West Virginia for more than 20 years has died.  Fred Aldridge, the long standing commissioner of the Mountain State Athletic Conference, passed away during the morning hours on Friday, July 14, 2017.  

  • Epling Stadium to Host Prospect League Scout Day

    Epling Stadium to Host Prospect League Scout Day

    Wednesday, July 12 2017 11:24 PM EDT2017-07-13 03:24:35 GMT

     The West Virginia Miners baseball team will be hosting the 2017 Prospect League Eastern Division Baseball Showcase on Monday, July 17, 2017 from noon-4:00 p.m. at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley, WV. This is a chance for players to showcase their skills in front of both college baseball coaches and professional scouts.

     The West Virginia Miners baseball team will be hosting the 2017 Prospect League Eastern Division Baseball Showcase on Monday, July 17, 2017 from noon-4:00 p.m. at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley, WV. This is a chance for players to showcase their skills in front of both college baseball coaches and professional scouts.

Powered by Frankly