The Holy Family athletic department decided to grow this year and in turn, produced a championship for the school.
HFS created a third-grade baseball team this year, and the boys went on to win the Division A League Championship in their first season.
“This was a great group of young men who came together to have a great year, and accomplished all the goals they had set for themselves,” Head Coach Guy Blanchard said.
From the first day of practice, coaches would not let the kids talk about winning games or championships, Blanchard said. Instead, they kept them focused on becoming better young men and baseball players.
“They all bought in and won their two jamboree games and the first four games of the season,” Blanchard said. “Then they lost three of their next four games, but they stayed focused on the process,”
The process Blanchard and fellow coaches, Byron Braud and Gerald Millard, encouraged in their boys included swinging only at strikes, throwing more strikes than balls, fielding better, running the bases smarter, and being a good teammate.
Hard work and the process lead them to six-game win streak at the end of their season. They also went 4-0 on championship weekend.
The team was down by four runs in the last inning of the semifinals game against St. John and came back to win 11-10. In the next game, the team beat number-one-seeded Valverda Elementary 10-3 in the championship game,” Blanchard said.
The Holy Family Bears third grade team is comprised of Wesley Blair, Dylan Morris, Daniel Braud, Brock Blanchard, Weston Millard, Clayton Brown, Andrew Laws, Brice Laws, Dawson Templet, Shawn Miller, Alex Miller, Gabe Daigrepont, Evan Lacy, William Zeringue, and Cason Martinez.