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The end can be bittersweet, and for these boys, it is. After years or hard work and dedication, their senior season is coming to a close. Most of our senior varsity players have been playing for over ten years, some even as soon as they could hold a bat. Baseball is more than just a game to these boys. It has taught them to be a better leader and friend. “Being on a team for four years has brought us close together because there are only seven” seniors on the team, said Andrew Harp. “The team is a family,” many of the boys state. They are not teammates, but brothers, who bonded over their “love of the game,” said senior Gunnar Fullerton.

The boys put in their all and came out of the 2015 season with a 20-15 record. The first half of the season wasn’t easy, but after the Airline series the boys “flipped the switch,” according to Senior Christian McCoy. The boys’ mentality changed and the switch sent the boys into a nine game winning streak, only to be broken by a loss to Haughton, followed then by another victory. Andrew Robinson, a senior, said, “this season hasn’t gone according to plan, but we learned from our mistakes and from our loses and it made us a better team.” Not only was the mentality altered, but the game was too. Senior Caleb Brooks said that the slow start has taught them “how to win late in the games,” a skill that can save a game. The Shreveport and Parkway series were the boys’ favorites because they created many fun memories. Byrd baseball is something they will never forget.

Senior Night was last Friday and was emotional for all. The boys’ hearts were filled with a sense of accomplishment and sadness as they took the field for their final home game. The boys played their hearts out, but came out with a loss to Haughton. After the game, it hit them that that was their last home game. “I can’t believe that’s the last time we’ll play on this field,” said senior Casey Broussard. Seniors Chance Cole and Caleb Brooks said, “this season brought us closer together and made us a family.”

No matter the outcome, these boys stick together and push themselves to their capacity. One loss pales in comparison to years of hard work and dedication and the relationships the team has created. Byrd baseball will always be in their hearts.

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