Building the Foundation

By Jeremy McDonald

STAYTON, Ore.–  It wasn’t the season that the Stayton Baseball team was hoping for, but they have built a foundation for the future.

At 4-10 in Oregon West Conference play and 6-15 overall, Eagle Head Coach Drew Heard knew that this season was a huge learning experience for everybody.

“It’s been a tremendous learning experience for everybody,” he said.  “It’s no secret we’re very young and hopefully that’ll help us, I think it will.  It’s kind of the thing where we had this fantastic effort today so I’m really excited for what we do on Friday because I believe these kids can compete with anybody in this league.  It’s just been a big learning curve for us to get over the top.”

Matt Lindemann adds to what his head coach has said with that even though they didn’t get into the playoffs, he knows this season will lead Stayton back to the glory days.

“We’re building a program back up, this was a building year,” said Lindemann.  “Yeah we didn’t make the playoffs or that, but it’s a growing year for the younger guys.  We’ll be a good team for later years.

“I’ll come back and watch them and they’ll be winning games.”

Butler (10) and Dylan Cudd (11) are some of the athletes to watch for with Stayton moving forward into next year (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

But, the Eagles have one more game to go before the end of the season, to continue the momentum from Wednesday’s incredible win over rival Cascade to Friday’s season finale versus Philomath.

And freshman Jordan Butler know that they just need to do what they’ve been doing all year:

Giving it their all.

“We’ve grown a lot, I think we’ve got better this season, (we) have better team chemistry,” said Butler.  “Just keep doing (what we’ve been doing) and give it all out every game.”

Before that game, and even heading forward as seniors like Lindemann, Ben Diehl, Everrett St. Clair and the rest of the seniors who are graduating here in just a few weeks, Lindemann had a few choice words for the freshmen, sophomores and juniors:

“Step out onto the any field and own it,” he said.  “Don’t come in thinking you’re too young or what not, come in with confidence.”

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