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With a new season nearing, Northern’s baseball team has unfinished business

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Bailey Neal

Drew Dixon, staff writer

A desolate, frozen wasteland lies over the field of summer as one of the greatest seasons in Portage Northern Baseball history fades into memory. However, new memories lie in the wait.

Last season was one of the best seasons in Portage Northern Baseball history. The team had an astonishing 30-8-1 record in route to an appearance in the state championship game where they fell to Hartland and their ace John Baker, 2-1 in a ten-inning thriller. The loss was heartbreaking to a team that had worked hard all year to get to a place that they had never seen before. However, with the coming of Spring brings another shot at the state championship.

Every great baseball team needs more than just talent and hard work to succeed. They need to have personality and something that drives them. For the Northern Baseball Team #Loading… is that personality. “#Loading… is a mindset that no matter how much success we reach in life, we are always “loading.” We have never reached our full potential,” says Northern ace pitcher Tommy Henry (12). That mindset is especially a driving force behind this year’s team, as the goal to achieve more success than last year’s team. “Our goals for this year are to win our fourth straight district title, win the conference championship, and finish our season with a win and get that ring we were so close to last year,” Henry said.

With the work ethic of this team and the support of their outstanding coaches, the possibility of a first ever Northern Baseball state championship looks more and more possible. “The team has been working in the batting cages, doing infield work, and throwing bullpens for a while now in order to get ready for a big year,” explains Coach Andrews.

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