As a returning senior, Jake Holmes helped the 2022 season team have a successful season, which resulted in a state championship.
Holmes credits the success of the team to their mentality and overall chemistry as a group.
“In the big time games that’s [trust] really the number one most important thing,” Holmes said. “You look to your left and right and just know that the dudes out there with you are going to make plays, which is easy because [we’re]all so close and that makes it so much effortless to play with each other.”
Along with his teammates, Holmes knows that the coaching staff has their best interest at heart.
“They tell us to stay true to what we do,” Holmes said. “Just play your game”
Holmes is the team’s starting first baseman. Holmes hopes to reach the state title game and win again, as well as be crowned Three Rivers League (TRL) player of the year, an award given to the player that shows outstanding success and carries their team to victory.
“I want to win a state championship again, obviously,” Holmes said. “I also want to be TRL player of the year.”
As a first baseman, Holmes is the first opponent the other team’s hitter has to face as they’re running to first base and he has a crucial role of getting outs and making important catches.
“Everyone throws it to first base,” Holmes said. “You have to get an out and make sure everyone trusts you enough to do so.”
Prior to playing first base, Holmes grew up playing third base and switched once he reached high school as instructed by one of his coaches.
“Coach thought that’s where I was best fit,” Holmes said. “I wasn’t going to be able to play at third base and decided that I would rather play than sit in the dugout and wait my turn.”