By Greg Ford
A year ago, head coach Chris Burrow wasn’t too sure what kind of team he was fielding.
Turns out it was a pretty good one, as the Mustangs snared second in 11-6A and once again made the playoffs. After that, though, it was a short trip through the postseason, as Sachse was swept by Killeen Harker Heights in the bi-district round.
This time around, Burrow has a much better feel for the Mustangs, particularly because he returns quite a bit of upperclassmen talent.
“It’s about the same every year,” the coach said. “If we can throw strikes, and we can get a clutch hit every now and then, we’ll be all right.”
Burrow added, “I’ve got seven guys back who hit for me last year. That’s a lot of sticks in the line up, and we have some new guys who will hopefully come on. Also, I lost zero pitching from last year. There are some things we’ve got to work on, but, for the most part, it kept us in (games).”
Returning to the mound are seniors Logan Worswick, Blake Divalerio, Skyler White, as well as juniors Justin Lewis and Chris Lacher.
The Mustangs get their first taste of action today through Saturday during a tournament at Royse City and Wylie East, which will be followed by two more tournaments: March 3-5 (games at Allen, Prosper and McKinney Boyd) and March 10-12 (contests at Highland Park and Coppell).
A year ago, Sachse and many other varsity programs saw their non-district season wiped out by rain, something that doesn’t appear likely in 2016.
“It should help us out and get some kinks ironed out early, instead of having to do it through district,” Burrow said. “I am excited about that.”
The district season commences March 15 at home against Tyler Lee, which Burrow expects to be an 11-6A contender, along with the likes of Rockwall and Rowlett.
Note: Sachse’s district games, whether home or away, will be played at night, the result of all the Garland teams, including the Mustangs, getting lights installed on their fields.
“I think they are excited,” Burrow said. “You get to play a little later, where more people can come out to watch.”