Caught up with Servite head coach Jeff Sears after his teams three games this past weekend. The Friars went 2-1 on the weekend but overall had a very productive weekend.
"We played really well in our two wins," said Sears, the 2nd year head coach of the Friars. "Not so well in our loss."
After starting last season 5-0, the Friars finished a disappointing 15-12 overall, and 4-11 in Trinity League play. Despite that first year learning curve, Sears is hoping for more consistency out of his team this season and he'll rely on returning players to provide that.
Seniors Conner Starkweather, Chris Young and McKay Koissian have been leading the way for the Friars offensively so far this winter, and Sears wants them to stay with the plan.
"When we execute the simlpe points of the game we can be very good group," said Sears. "But as soon as we step out of that box we struggle."
Despite the loss of Cole Irvin to graduation, Sears believes he has a committee of pitchers he will be able to count on this spring.
"Ryan Alsworth, Jake Letofsky, Zach Huarte, Patrick Faley
and Conner Moore threw the baseball extremely well for us (this weekend)," said Sears. "We're happy with what we have there."
The Friars have played well so far in the winter and are getting production from players they're going to rely on come springtime. And while Sears understands they're a long way from where they need to be, he's excited about the direction of the program.
"Our guys have made the
routine plays and pitched very well and that is all we ask
for a a coaching staff," said Sears.
Seems like the Friars are learning how to play for their head coach as much as he's learning about his players.