Exeter baseball seeks improved confidence

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Team focused on winning close games this season

The Exeter baseball team enters the 2015-2016 season with four returning starters and a goal to right the wrongs of last year.

"Last year's team was senior heavy," said Colt Higgs, Exeter coach. "That normally equals a great year. Only problem was the collective team's complete lack of confidence. We had some boys who were in their fourth year of playing baseball at Exeter and had yet to win a baseball game period."

The Tigers hung tough in several games and finished 4-13 on the year.

"We lost some very close games throughout the year and were able to lay the foundation for future success by winning four games and by having a really good showing in the district tournament," Higgs said. "We hosted a very tough Class 1, District 5.

"After winning our opening-round game of districts, we then had a tough game against the No. 1 seed Billings. That game went 13 innings. Billings went on to lose in the championship to Hurley, who ended the year third in state."

Returning for the Tigers this season are: Austin Tripp, Trevor Nelson, Ethan Caddell and Austin Rayburn.

Higgs said his plan is for them to always be competitive in every game. They do not have to win, but they have to give their best efforts, he said.

Exeter opens the season on Monday in the Sarcoxie Tournament.

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