Jason Wilson likes his chances more and more each time his Lovejoy High Leopards take the baseball field.
“We’re a senior laden team and many of these guys have been playing together now for the last three years,” Wilson told Texas Scorecard. “I would say that our chemistry is one of our biggest advantages, that and we are as motivated and as hungry as any team you’ll find.”
Thus far this season, it’s all come together for the Leopards, off to a 14-3 start overall and a perfect 3-0 in 5A District 10 play.
“We’ve got a pitching staff and a defense behind us that gives us a chance every time we take the field,” Wilson added. “Everything we do starts with that combination.”
The senior trio of starting hurlers Jordan Yoder and Jacob Terwilliger and closer Cameron Pool set the table for the Leopards, who have advanced to the postseason in each of the last two seasons.
Yoder, the No. 1 starter who’s already signed to attend Lafayette College, boasts pinpoint control with his fastball, slider and change-up repertoire.
“He throws about 88 MPH, keeps pounding the zone and is really confident at what he does,” Wilson added.
Terwilliger, who has signed to attend Bucknell University, throws in the same vicinity, while Pool relies on a fastball, curve and change-up to keep offenses off balance.
On offense, the Leopards are led by senior infielder Luke Finn (.444, 3 HR and 21 RBIs) and senior catcher Luke Stine (3 HR, 14 RBIs).
“I feel like we can go pretty deep this season as long as we don’t start to look to far ahead and take things day by day, game by game,” Wilson said. “All season long, our guys have had the right attitude. Every time we have a chance to practice, we’re actually still working on things that stand to make us better.”