By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Sometimes a coach is forced to began the process of preparing for the future.
The 2018 Millington Trojans entered the campaign with only one senior Josh Groom. So Millington Head Coach Zane Adams was going to pace his young players throughout the season getting them adjusted to varsity level baseball. But injuries to his three of his upperclassmen has led to freshmen getting extra playing time in the first two weeks of the season — playing nine games.
“It’s been rough,” Adams acknowledged. “I have to shoot it straight. We haven’t been hitting, we haven’t been pitching or we haven’t been fielding. We’ve just got to learn how to finish. I’ve got a lot of young guys.
‘We’ll start out the first three or four innings playing good ball,” he added. “Then we don’t finish. This week we’ve been talking about hustle and finishing. Those have been our two key words. Last night in a close game we came together, finished and we won the game.”
After beating Rossville Christian Wolves 2-1 March 21 as part of the Flag City Classic, the Northpoint Trojans came to Miles Park the following night defeating Millington 10-0 in five innings.
It was another lesson for the Trojans of Flag City, learning how to respond after a victory.
“We came out yesterday with Trevor Meadows on the mound,” Adams recalled. “The freshman threw for me. He threw the ball really well and stayed around the strike zone. I think he ended up striking out 8 last night. He threw five and two-third innings.”
Meadows kept the contest tied at 1-1 against Rossville. His teammate, junior Chad Chadwick came into the game stopping a Wolves rally in the sixth inning. Millington scored the run they needed in the bottom of the sixth and Chadwick closed out the game with three outs.
“Baseball you get to play everyday,” Adams said. “That’s the good thing about baseball. Football you’re playing once a week. You get beat on Friday and you’re waiting the whole week and you’re dwelling on it.
“Baseball I tell them all the time, ‘The good thing about it guys is we can put it behind us today,’” he concluded. “’We come out tomorrow and play again.’ That the biggest thing teaching these young guys, ‘Hey we got beat but let’s get back after it tomorrow.’”