It's officially baseball season at Darton State.
The Cavaliers began official practice on Friday as they prepare for opening day on January 31st against Gulf Coast.
"We think we got a little bit of power coming back, and our speed is what gets everybody," said sophomore Brandon Sharpe. "We should be good."
The Cavaliers return their leadoff man and three hitters in the middle of the order, as well as several arms at the top of the rotation. One concern for head coach Scot Hemmings is defense up the middle, where inexperience is a factor.
Still, hopes are high at Darton.
"We try to enjoy the good days, but then the next day we're right back at it working towards our ultimate goal and a conference championship," said sophomore John Harmon.
The Cavs finished 2nd in the GCAA last season. Everyone knows what the goal is in 2014.
"I understand the process and I understand that winning is a byproduct of discipline," said Hemmings, when asked about winning a conference title. "But I still think you have to talk about it a lot."