Ethan Simshauser, junior, is a pitcher and outfielder. He has been playing for over ten years and appreciates the social aspect of the game.
“I love forming relationships with all these guys,” Simhauser said. “They’re my best friends.”
For his goals, he is focused on assisting the team in accomplishing another state title and finding success one game at a time.
“[We want to] win another state championship, obviously,” Simhauser said.
Within preparation for the season, they have a variety of ways Simhauser prepares. He practices hitting in the batting cages, defense on the fields, and pitchers and catchers contribute extra time to ensure that the team succeeds in defense, including Simshauser as a pitcher.
“We just go out there every day and we just play,” Simhauser said. “There’s no pressure.”
A significant part of the team is the coaches. Joe Monahan is the head coach, while Ryan Curdy, Tim Driscoll, Lee King, and Reed Nicholson are the assistant coaches. They aid the team, and specific players such as Simshauser prepare for the games, learn techniques, and encourage their success during games.
“[The coaches] just let us play,” Simshauser said. “It’s nice, you know, they give feedback but most of that kind of let us do our thing.”
With this coaching technique, Simshauser feels like the coaches trust the players to play their best, as this is shown in how they coach the team and their players.
“They[the coaches] just encourage us to play our best,” Simshauser said.
While the team is feeling confident about their future games, there is some pressure concerning the competition this year. For Simshauser, he is feeling confident about facing the challenges ahead.
“Just having a good time,” Simshauser said.