Campus welcomes elementary baseball team

Campus welcomes elementary baseball team

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Sixth graders to begin baseball practices

Cayla Rivas | The Feather Online

After the success of last year’s high school team (who won their division title), many elementary students became interested in baseball.

For the first time in 41 years, Fresno Christian welcomes an elementary baseball team. Although FC previously offered baseball to both junior high and high school, this year marks the beginning of 6th grade participation with the junior high team.

After coaching baseball and softball at Cedarwood Elementary, Joe Gustafson now leads the junior high varsity team. He recognizes the benefits of allowing 6th graders to play and excitedly anticipates what this will mean for the team in the future.

“I think it’s great to get the younger kids involved,” Gustafson said. “Ultimately I’d like to see a full elementary program started up whether we play Clovis Unified or Fresno Unified schools, but it’s good to have the sixth graders up with us. This will let us build a program. I look at schools around town like Clovis High and Buchanan who have youngsters out at sports camps all the time, and I think this is a step to establish a winning program here from 6th grade to high school.”

The primary goal of the coaches is not winning, but teaching the boys how to grow as Christian men. Instilling Christian values in them and guiding them in how to compete for God remains crucial to both coaches.

6th grade player Jacob Wyatt enjoys learning the plays and bonding with his teammates. As a baseball lover he understands the inner workings of the field and looks to improve over the season.

“I have been playing baseball since I could walk,” Wyatt said. “My dad has been the best supporter to me and taught me the game. I love baseball because it is a mental game. In the big leagues, a batter will fail 7 out of 10 times at the plate. In order to keep playing, they really have to have a positive attitude.

“In order to be good at baseball, I need to think fast about situations and plays,” Wyatt continued. “Even though I got injured and won’t be playing for half the season, I am looking forward to experiencing real baseball. This isn’t Little League anymore, so I am taking a big step. I am also looking forward to seeing kids older than me play. It’s like getting a sneak peek at what my next couple of years are going to be like.”

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This will be the first elementary baseball team in Fresno Christian’s 41 year history.

Coaching alongside Gustafson is Max Wyatt, the head coach of the junior high JV team. Max looks forward to the upcoming season and the advances they can make.

The 6th graders will play key roles for the team this year,” Max said. “They will be expected to contribute just like any other member of the team; we will need them to pitch and play key roles in the field as well. We don’t expect perfection. We expect perfect effort, at least that they can give. Mistakes will happen. We just want them to be full speed mistakes. That is how you get better. The best part about coaching is watching the boys mature. Yes watching them get better at baseball is a byproduct of what we are working on, but the best part is watching them on their journey to become men that grow in maturity and in their faith. ”

The boys begin their pre-season training out on the North Field. The first games will be in February.

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Cathryn Vander Kooi
“If not us, who? If not now, when?” - John F. Kennedy Senior Cate Vander Kooi’s passion is political science and aspires to graduate from Berkeley with a major in Peace and Conflict Studies. Sparked by the current challenging political climate, she adamantly follows the ongoing events in a hope to one day inspire change. Vander Kooi successfully thrives academically while displaying leadership skills through involvement in mentorship programs like Sister to Sister and CSF. Her dedication to rousing change drives her to volunteer annually at Fresno Christian Reformed Church in the youth department, giving 200+ service hours. The ability to shape young minds in the nursery and at VBS drives her to become a better person, not only for future generations, but also for herself. Vander Kooi anticipates a future in government where she desires to make a difference in her own community. Encouraged by her advisors and fellow classmates, Vander Kooi heads into her senior year confident in her ability to inspire change in her classmates and overcome obstacles.

7 Comments

  1. Tyler Villines January 24, 2018 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    HOW AWESOME!!! Gosh its so awesome to see that we are beginning to take baseball more seriously and starting them young! Good luck Eagles!

  2. Roman Endicott January 24, 2018 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    This is awesome! So cool to see the future of FC baseball being invested in!

  3. Carston Saelzler
    Carston Saelzler January 24, 2018 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Great Artcile Kate!! So cool that young students can play the sport they love.

  4. Zhu Yunxi
    Zhu Yunxi January 25, 2018 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Great Article!! Really looking forward to the future of FC baseball!

  5. Erin Wilson January 25, 2018 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    This is so exciting!! Can’t wait to watch some games.

  6. Arun Singh January 26, 2018 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Im glad that fcs is adding more sports we should add cricket

  7. Hannah Villines January 26, 2018 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    How exciting!!! Great article CATHRYN!!!

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