Jason Patrick’s 20-years of experience as head coach of the Tascosa High baseball team tells him his fighting Rebels could be on the verge of a rise.

“This season didn’t go the way we would have liked as far as our record is concerned, but we made some big improvements and our guys really learned a lot about competing,” Patrick told Texas Scorecard of his team’s 11-18 overall, 3-12 6A Region 1, District 11 finish.

“I’m proud of the seniors we had this season that gave it their all and I really look forward to working with the underclassmen we have coming back.”

After losing at least six games this season by two runs or less, Patrick said he knows his returning nucleus, led by pitcher Barrett Knapp and outfield classmate Max Burleson, will know how to fight and compete.

“Plus, I got to watch a lot of sub-varsity games this year and I know those young guys know how to compete as well,” he said. “They have a will to win and are a group of unselfish guys. Those are typically the type of teams you can go a long way with.”

Through it all, Patrick assures that his approach will stay the same.

“We always start with fundamentals, preaching about the little things in everything we do,” he said, adding that graduating seniors John Cantu and Santiago Sandoval stand as examples to other players of what hard work can do.

“John will be catching for Seward County Community College and Santiago will be playing the outfield at Frank Phillips Community College,” he said. “Those are great accomplishments.”