As of press time, high school springs sports events and practices had been postponed until April 10. That announcement came as the finishing touches were being put on the Spring Sports preview. We have decided publish these previews in order to highlight Hardy County’s high school athletes, should no opportunity exist later.
Moorefield Baseball knows the work that has to be done in order to reach the pinnacle of success and having the right mental focus with determination and teamwork will lift the Yellow Jackets to a third consecutive state championship this season.
The Yellow Jackets have nine returning members of last season’s state championship game line-up and 20 overall coming back to bolster a talented team quest to hold the trophy in Charleston for a three-peat as the development of a winning culture paves the way.
Moorefield skipper Wade Armentrout enters his 21st season at the helm with a career record of 379 – 187 and has incorporated two mottos for the team’s journey towards another opportunity for a title.
The mottos for the Yellow Jackets are “Do Your Job (#DYJ)” and “Mentality Intentional Culture Execution (#MICE)”.
Armentrout was named the National Federation Coaches Association West Virginia State Coach of the Year and Potomac Valley Conference Coach of the Year last season during the state championship run.
“Continue to improve and be playing to our highest potential at the end of the season,” Coach Armentrout noted about the goals for the season.
Each player must understand their individual roles on the team and the execution of those roles will strengthen each aspect of the team working together to achieve greatness.
The Yellow Jackets finished last year’s state championship slate with a record of 27-11.
The culture of winning within the program that currently exists provides great motivation for the players to continue to strive to be better and remain on the top of the mountain making each action count with the proper techniques and ability to complete each task on the way to victories.
The entire season is in flux as half of the competitions have been cleared off the schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic and this hinders preparation process on the field, but the mindsets of the players must remain vigilant in keeping an eye on the final prize as hopes to return to action in mid-April hangs in the balance.
The Yellow Jackets have a stellar group of players gearing up to return to Charleston who are willing to work hard to fill the roles left behind by graduated seniors Blake Watts (pitcher/first base) and Derek Hoyt (closer/outfielder) who both were on the mound in the state championship last year and pitch runner/outfielder Caden Kimble.
Returning players from the state championship line-up are: Brent Moran, Isaac Van Meter, Hayden Baldwin, John Lahmeyer, Matthew Jenkins, Lane Ours, Jayden Moore, Thomas Williams and Mason Ours.