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D-I Players Lead Rising Suns

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      Expectations could not be higher for Southridge baseball this season. A team that includes three division one scholarship athletes.

@  Southridge brings back 8 seniors from a team that won the Cascade division last year in the Big 9. Three of those players earned DI scholarships to play at Pac-10 schools next spring. Spencer O'Neill and the twins Ty and Bryce Jackson.

     Southridge Senior, and future Oregon Duck Spencer O'Neil said, "It's pretty special for our program, but we need to just perform and if we do well we're going to go pretty far I hope. You do need to perform. Especially you have a big target on your back with your scholarship. So I mean you have a little extra incentive to perform well."

    Ty Jackson, a future Wazzu baseball player next spring said, "Not worrying about college yet. Just playing high school baseball as team. Coming out here and practicing 100 percent."

      Like the scholarships these players received nothing will be handed to them or the Suns This season in league play. They'll have to work for it.

     Southridge head coach Tim Sanders said, "It's going to be a rough one to get out of this conference. There's five or six teams in our conference right now that could win this thing. And that talent that's around here, everybody returns most of there guys."

@ Senior leader AJ Henderson said, "Really just slow the game down... Like we said take one pitch at a time... One game at a time."

    Bryce Jackson, also a future WSU baseball player next spring added, "We come out here with a plan. Practice as a team. We all just play as a family. 100 percent try as hard as we can on the field and bring it to a game.">

     Southridge's first test will be this Saturday at home, against Redmond. A team expected to compete for a state title this spring.