The Big Spring baseball team is working to cope with a lost season, and a lost opportunity to defend its district title.
The Steers won their first district championship outright for the first time in 27 years last season, and six seniors were looking to keep their hardware. Including second baseman Anthony Sarmiento.
Sarmiento has played baseball all four years of high school and was first team All-District last season, but also excels off the field. He is at the top of his senior class.
While the senior said it has been hard to cope with his unfinished senior season, he will carry many of the lessons he learned from baseball through the rest of his life.
“It was the best four years of my life. I grew so much as a person, as a ballplayer. Coach Carillo did a great job in coaching us and kind of setting principles for us to carry on,” he said.
Several other seniors on the team said it seemed the Steers were just coming together as a team and showing their potential when everything was suspended and then canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It felt like everything was in motion for us to make a really great run. And then when it ended, it just kind of sucked,” said senior Brayden Cruz.
Senior Joshua Wood also reminisced on his time with the Steers saying, “Every day, I just try to find a way to drive by the field so I can look at it, and on the memories we had. It was a pretty good four years.”
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