Warrior Baseball Looks To Improve On Last Years Playoff Run

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Warrior Baseball Looks To Improve On Last Years Playoff Run

Devin Luedke

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Baseball is back for the Warriors. The Warriors look to improve off of the 16-9 record and last year’s playoff appearance. The Warriors defeated the #1 seeded Mountain Vista Eagles. To advance through the first round. The Warriors came up short in the fourth round of the playoffs losing to Heritage (7-4) and Mountain Range (1-0).

The Warriors are currently ranked #11 in the preseason polls behind Centennial League rivals; Cherry Creek (#3) and Cherokee Trail (#7). With the expansion of the regular season, the Warriors will now play 23 regular season games instead of last years 19. Due to the regular season expansion teams will move to playing three to four games a week instead of on the normal two to three. Depth in the bullpen will be a huge contributing factor for the Warriors.

The Warriors will have seven returning varsity players six being seniors. The team is senior heavy with nine of the sixteen varsity players being seniors. Captains include Steve Ingalls, Max Wilson, and Turner Pruitt. The biggest position shift will come behind the dish. With the loss of 2018 graduate Zach Goodman, the Warriors will rely on Senior catcher Turner Pruitt. Pruitt started at second base for the Warriors last year and is projected to make his first varsity start behind the plate Saturday against Mountain Vista. 

Senior Turner Pruitt

The Warriors season will open up with a non-conference home game against the defending state champions Mountain Vista. Warriors defeated the then-undefeated Eagles in the first round of the playoffs and sent them into the consolation bracket. Mountain Vista will have fourteen returning varsity players nine of which are Seniors. CHSAA preseason baseball polls have Vista at #1 and Arapahoe at #11. Look forward to a thrilling open day for the Warriors at home against the Eagles.

 

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