By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– The 2016 McKay Baseball team will look to continue their early season success into the Greater Valley Conference Tuesday versus a tough West Salem team that has finished in the top three in the GVC and the old Central Valley Conference the last two years.
But entering 2016, the Royal Scots (3-4) have only lost seven from their young 2015 squad and the 11 that have came back this year, have matured and are excited to prove themselves to the league this year said Noah Tavera.
“We have matured more as a team and really built a chemistry this year,” said the junior. “It has improved all of our game. Our practices this year have been competitive, competing at everything and we are much better team this year than last year.
“Us having spent a year together has made us stronger as one and can really help us compete against other teams.”
After going 0-16 in league last year, some teams in the GVC are writing off McKay because of the results of the past few years, but with the chemistry and maturity of the Royal Scots entering their GVC Opener versus the Titan’s, optimism is high this season for a team looking to prove themselves.
“I believe we’re better this year and we’re gonna make a great competition (as a team),” said Tavera. “We’re ready to shock some people.”
McKay’s first pitch against West Salem is at 5pm at West Salem High School. The Scots host their GVC Home Opener versus West Albany at 5pm before ending the week with their final non-league game versus The Dalles at home Friday at 4:30pm.
For more on their upcoming schedule, visit the McKay Baseball OSAA page at: http://www.osaa.org/teams/13038#tabs-V .