The Lehman Lobos baseball team is looking to improve on a below par 2017 season in which they went 6-21-1 overall, 3-16 in district play.
An experienced squad capable of scoring runs, along with a healthy and experienced pitching staff, could hold the keys to success for the Lobos in 2018.
Offensively, the Lobos had no problem scoring runs last season, and with the majority of the lineup returning, the offensive production should continue.
Lobo Head Coach Toby Robinson believes they will be strong offensively.
“Last year we hit the ball well and scored a lot of runs. A lot of those guys are coming back, so I think we will continue to score runs,” Robinson said.
Senior Braden Sullins was an All-District selection last season and is going into his fourth year on the Lehman varsity squad. His double play partner, senior Ben Gettig, will lock down the second base spot.
Gettig was a second team 25-6A All-District selection a season ago.
Junior Albert Martinez will shoulder a big part of the load offensively. Martinez, a Texas A&M Corpus Christi commitment, will man third base for the Lobos, and his bat will look to be in the heart of the Lehman lineup.
On the mound, the Lobos look to experience to guide its pitching staff.
Last season, the pitching staff was hindered by injuries, which led to various underclassmen throwing significant innings.
Robinson expects a better year on the bump.
“It’s a little bit different from last year. Last year we had a lot of new people, and we lost a starter to injury. Right now, we have everybody healthy and we did not lose much from the graduating class,” Robinson said.
On the defensive side, Lehman will look to rely on Martinez, Sullins and Robert Enriquez,
Robinson believes his older players will take control of their team and improve on small things.
“Some of these kids have been here for a few years,” Robinson said. “They know that it truly is the little things that matter, and we can’t take anything for granted.”
The Lehman Lobos open their season Friday, Feb. 16 on the road as they take on Alamo Heights High School.