The Hardaway Hawks have been battling the weather, but will open the 2013 season with high hopes.
Head coach Chris Gilstrap enters his second year leading his alma mater, and hopes to improve on last year's 10-15 (5-9) record. He thinks a veteran squad led by five seniors will let them do just that.
"I feel a lot better this year than I did at this point last year," Gilstrap said. "I don't know if it's just another year of experience or our guys starting to figure me out as a coach and coming together more as a team."
The Hawks have been kept either inside or under the covered batting cage for much of the last week due to rain in the area, but that hasn't stopped them from having productive workouts.
"It's been going very well, actually," said junior first baseman Blake Meadows. "We have some new faces, and it's been going very well."
Meadows leads a group of experienced juniors who will back up a senior class ready to leave a mark.
"[We] have to make people remember the name," said senior centerfielder Justin Ellison. "I haven't done much the years before, but now it's my time to step up. It's my last year. Just do the best we can."
Hardaway opens the season Monday, Feb. 18 against Russell County at Golden Park.