PHENIX CITY, Ala. -
The Central Red Devils are 5- 1 on the young baseball season, but they know they have a long way to go.
The Central Red Devils think they could be on the verge of something special this baseball season. The work started last year when a very youthful team had a tough year.
“Last year, we really played an entire season, 39 games, with a JV team. This year we are physically stronger, we competed in the weight room for nine months,” said Central coach Roy Dixon. “A lot of physical strength has carried over on to the field.”
In practice, the Red Devils are focusing on sound defense and playing with high energy.
“Coach Dixon always talks about getting a train that doesn't stop until late May,” said senior pitcher and third baseman Troy Jackson. “We just keep doing the things we are doing, get used to winning and it won't stop.”
And for the winning to keep going, they will have to thrive in a very tough region.
These Red Devils saw what Auburn did in the playoffs last year. And they think they can do it this year.
“Auburn just did the little things right. Throw strikes, pound the zone, and play defense. I think we are much like them this year,” Jackson said.
Coach Dixon says the Red Devils need to focus on how they play and how they practice because that is all they can control.
“We are all pretty even. With Auburn being a semifinal team last year,” Coach Dixon said. “They have got to be the front dog. We can't necessarily go out there to play against our area opponents. We have got to go out there and play against ourselves and try to get better every day and let the chips fall how they are going to fall.”