CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – It’s safe to say the baseball team at Western Branch High School is hitting the cover off the baseball. In four games this season, the Bruins have outscored their opponent’s 72 runs to just 6. “We havent had what we call ‘bad at bats’. Every ball has been hit pretty good. The kids are having good AB’s. As long as you’re having good swings in baseball you have a chance to get a hit every time,” said head coach Roland Wright.
While it is still very early in the season, this group points to offseason preparation for their early season success with the hope of getting back to the state tournament final four which they last did in 2010. Wright says his team was ready from day one. “When we step onto the field in February for tryouts, we are ready to play baseball that day.”
Roland Wright has six seniors who have all committed to play Division 1 college baseball next season. “You get some kids who come out here and go through the motions, but not these kids. They come out here and work very hard and we feel good about our preparation when we leave the field,” added Wright.
Justin Hayes and Zach Rutherford will play for head coach Chris Finwood at Old Dominion University. Rutherford said going to Old Dominion University was an easy decision. “I just love the coaches there and the environment. I love everything about it,” said Rutherford.
Teaching the finer points of baseball is just part of the equation for coach Wright. “I’m very proud of this group. They are about each other and what’s on the front of the jersey and not the back. They have got something special here if they stick with that. We have a great responsibility to teach this young kids something special and that’s what I’m most proud of.”