RUPERT, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) While it's quite a feat to reach the 4A title game in two of the past three seasons, those who played on those Spartans teams try not to look back too much.
Senior center fielder Carson Schow said, "we try to forget what happened at the end of last May." He added, "and we're just looking forward to moving onto the new season and hopefully get back to where we were last year."
Senior catcher/third baseman McKay Chandler said, "we don't have the skill level that we did last year, but we do have the work ethic and attitude."
In 2018, the Spartans had a motto of "do your job for the person next to you." They felt that if you focus on the team, then success will find you as an individual as well.
Senior pitcher/infielder Kobe Matsen said, "this year we all kind of realized that we're the seniors and people would be looking up to us." "So we all made it a priority to show up to everything we possibly we could, and we've been working together for a couple of years and grew that bond," Matsen exclaimed.
Minico head Jared Price is confident about his returners.
Price said, "I return Carson Schow at center field and lead-off hitter. McKay Chandler behind the plate and in the four hole, I return Kobe Matsen, one of our big pitchers last year who also played first base, I return Colter May who played a lot for us last year." "We're going to return a lot of guys that have experience, so I like where we're at."
The Spartans host new conference foe, Century Tuesday afternoon. Price said they haven't faced the Diamondbacks much over the past few years, except when Century combines with Pocatello for Legion play over the summer.
Minico won the doubleheader over Century, 15-6 and 11-1. In the first game, Colter May had six RBI's. In the second game he pitched five innings, striking out six. Kasen Karpenter had three hits to go along with three RBI's.