NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY)- At 17 and 3, the Maury baseball team heads into the post season with a track record of playing good baseball. That’s what you get when you have 12 seniors who have been together for a very long time.”This is what we’ve been dreaming about for a long time. It’s almost surreal that we have had such a good season,” says first baseman Barrett Peacock.
Yes the Commodores are well-rounded and it shows. “We have a team that plays catch pretty well. We throw strikes pretty well and we have a team average that looks pretty well. We are hitting about .360 which is pretty good for a high school baseball team. And we have depth in our lineup. We do a lot of good things with the baseball. We don’t beat ourselves,” says head coach Paul Shows.
The Commodores are getting production throughout the lineup. Outfielder Jeff Adams is hitting .470 and in the field, shortstop Kris Roche has committed only 1 error this season. He for one has listened closely to what coach Shows is preaching. “Play catch at a high level. That’s what he says all the time. Don’t fetch, play catch,” said Roche.
Experience is paying off for the Commodores. In four years coaching at Maury, Shows has guided the Commadores to the Region tournament twice. “We’ve been in the thick of it and we’ve had the same core guys on the field the last few years.”
But to make this the season one to truly remember, the Commodores need to go further in the post season then they have in years past. ‘It’s just a great group of guys. We’ve finally been able to come together and have the type of season we felt we could have had.” says Adams. “We’d like to keep playing as long as we can. We talked all throughout the season that one of the seniors is going to take their last at bat and we’d like to see that deep into the playoffs.” added Shows.