ELIZABETHTOWN — The Eagles of East Bladen High have put their 5-16 spring season behind them, and are now preparing for a 10-game summer schedule.
“The name of the game is play, play, play,” said East Bladen baseball coach Russell Priest. “It’s the only way we can hope to get better.”
The Eagles will field a single team for the summer season, and will play games on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday — starting on Memorial Day with a 6 p.m. game against West Bladen 2 in Dublin.
Priest, who said his son Ritchie will coach the team until school ends, at which time he will turn the team back over to his father, is hoping to have a roster of at least 11 players. But that number will depend on who wants to play and who has to work this summer.
Another factor is that the Eagles’ football program will soon be holding seven-on-seven workouts.
“That means some players will be juggling baseball and football — or choosing not to play baseball altogether,” Russell Priest said.
He added that the team will probably be filled with a majority of younger players, but not the eighth-graders.
“It’s good to get the younger players out there to see what they can do,” Priest said. “And hopefully there will be a couple of older players out to help us.”