Altoona (WQOW) -- With eleven seniors returning to a team that advanced to the regional final, expectations are high for the Altoona baseball team.
The Rails will learn quickly where the team stands. Despite playing in the ultra-competitive Western Cloverbelt, the team has schedule a very tough non-conference schedule as well.
"It's a good coaching problem to have where the kids are playing summer ball, a lot of summer ball, they're getting in the cages in the off season and stuff. So, like I said, it's a good problem to have for a coach," says Johnson.
The team's eleven seniors spearheaded the off season workouts. The team says that extra time together should pay dividends for the Rails.
"We have a strong senior class. We've been together since 3rd grade, so we really know each others strengths and weaknesses and we work really well as a team," says Eckardt.
"We have great team chemistry," adds senior shortstop Phil Mazzei. "We know what each other is going to do. We've got everyone's back. It helps a lot that we've been together, and we're going to make a good run in the playoffs.."
Altoona opens up the season on Tuesday, April 2nd against Baldwin-Woodville.
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