Greater Beckley Christian's new baseball program in full swing - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

Greater Beckley Christian's new baseball program in full swing

Posted: Updated:

A clear sky, fresh cut grass, and new dirt set the stage for Greater Beckley Christian's first ever home baseball game with the school's first ever baseball team.

"We're excited about that. The boys are excited, they bought into it. I was expecting to have maybe 12 kids out the first year and we had 20 come out," said head coach Chris Walls.

Building the program first meant getting a field. Though it was ready to go on gameday, it took a lot of work.

Junior Cody Reedy explained, "they call it the dust bowl, and Coach Walls did a great job fixing it up and we're just ready to get the first game down on it."

While many high school baseball teams are rebuilding and replacing graduated seniors. Greater Beckley is starting from scratch. Some players on the team are learning how to play America's pastime for the very first time.

"They didn't know what a sacrifice fly was, or how to run the bases," said Walls.

Assistant coach Patrick McNeely added, "at first it was kind of tough, we had to start from t-ball level and had to graduate them to high school players."

While only some players have previous experience, every player has good work ethic and plays with heart. They've been taught the key to success.

"Just hustle really," said sophomore Jon Paul Kessinger, "it's really hard to teach skill right now but coaches always told us hustle is free."

Coaches and players agree, daily improvement is much more important than the wins and losses.

Though the Crusaders are still on the hunt for their first win, they don't get discouraged. But instead, towards the end goal, sectionals.

The coaches have patience and confidence in their team.

"They're a great bunch of kids and they do anything we ask them to do and go 100% so we're having fun with it," said Walls.

"I think if you look at us five years from now, we're going to be the people you don't want to play," McNeely added.

The Crusaders lost their home opener, but there will be plenty more games, because Greater Beckley Baseball has just begun.

  • White Sulphur Springs weather is a big change from Saints facility is Metairie, Louisiana

    White Sulphur Springs weather is a big change from Saints facility is Metairie, Louisiana

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:51:47 GMT
    Day five of the New Orleans Saints training camp at the Greenbrier brought much different temperatures than the Saints are used to at their home site in Louisiana.Long sleeves, long pants, and even some jackets could be spotted at training camp. Not your typical summer day in West Virginia with unseasonal highs for this time of year, and far from what the Saints are used to."When you start to sweat and then the wind blows you're like, oh we aren't in Louisiana are we? There's a little bit of ...
    Day five of the New Orleans Saints training camp at the Greenbrier brought much different temperatures than the Saints are used to at their home site in Louisiana.Long sleeves, long pants, and even some jackets could be spotted at training camp. Not your typical summer day in West Virginia with unseasonal highs for this time of year, and far from what the Saints are used to."When you start to sweat and then the wind blows you're like, oh we aren't in Louisiana are we? There's a little bit of ...
  • Saints battle for positions at training camp

    Saints battle for positions at training camp

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:34:02 GMT
    It was the second day of practice with pads and through there's still no full contact, the addition brings a level of intensity."It's always a little different to come out here and hit, but that's how you have to prepare for football. Football is a physical game so you have to practice in pads," said tight end Benjamin Watson.For the players, the competition is just beginning. Some competing for a spot on the roster, others for a starting job."It's definitely a competition, I mean we are both...
    It was the second day of practice with pads and through there's still no full contact, the addition brings a level of intensity."It's always a little different to come out here and hit, but that's how you have to prepare for football. Football is a physical game so you have to practice in pads," said tight end Benjamin Watson.For the players, the competition is just beginning. Some competing for a spot on the roster, others for a starting job."It's definitely a competition, I mean we are both...
  • Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham and company hit the Greenbrier fields for the first day of camp

    Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham and company hit the Greenbrier fields for the first day of camp

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:16:11 GMT
    The team took to the two grass fields at the Greenbrier Friday morning.Jimmy Graham is the big name coming into camp after the tight end signed a four year, $40 million deal with the team.Graham alongsideQuarterback Drew Brees, who's starting his 9th year with the Saints, make one dynamic duo. But, Brees knows it takes more than names on a roster to make a good season."We know what we look like on paper, we look pretty good on paper. But, now we have to go out and put it together and put toge...
    The team took to the two grass fields at the Greenbrier Friday morning.Jimmy Graham is the big name coming into camp after the tight end signed a four year, $40 million deal with the team.Graham alongsideQuarterback Drew Brees, who's starting his 9th year with the Saints, make one dynamic duo. But, Brees knows it takes more than names on a roster to make a good season."We know what we look like on paper, we look pretty good on paper. But, now we have to go out and put it together and put toge...