Also in the Observer: Seabreeze's Gillam signs with Elmhurst College
Mainland softball coach Alec DeWeese wasn’t upset when the Buccaneers were run-ruled by Atlantic in the opening game of the season.
The Sharks blasted by the Buccaneers 17-0 on the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Mainland High School. In high school softball, if a team is down 15 runs, the game is called after three innings.
Regardless of Mainland’s inability to hang with the Sharks, DeWeese was proud that his girls, many of whom never played softball prior to the start of the season, were able to improve on the “little things” they worked on in practice.
“Obviously, it wasn’t the outcome that we had wanted,” DeWeese said. “A lot of the little things that they did right showed that they’re paying attention, showed that they’re learning. We’ve got to take it one game at a time and one pitch at a time and just get better every day.”
DeWeese said his players were making the correct cuts toward balls, were making the correct throws and did an excellent job communicating. The Buccaneers were also able to record one hit against Atlantic on a base hit in the bottom of the second inning.
DeWeese added that the goal over the course of the season is to get his players to understand the overall fundamentals of the game and what to do during game situations.
Mainland softball tryouts started on Jan. 22. DeWeese said that was the first time some of the Buccaneers had picked up a bat.
“They’re athletic, they’re willing to play and they’re willing to learn,” he said. “It’s just going to take a while to come.”
Gillam signs with Elmhurst College
Sandcrabs running back Anthony Gillam signed his national letter of intent to play football for Elmhurst College on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Seabreeze High School. Elmhurst, located in a suburb of Chicago, is a Division III program that plays in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.
Lady Bucs regain focus heading into the postseason
After its 51-35 blowout loss to Spruce Creek on Jan. 27, the Buccaneers’ girls basketball team regained its focus just in time for the postseason. The Lady Buccaneers beat Lyman 54-43, took down Calvary Christian Academy 63-55 and steamrolled Orlando Christian Prep 61-40.