Richland Baseball Teams Attitude Goes a Long Way
RICHLAND, Wash - Richland Bombers' senior Tyler Thompson leads the league in home runs, runs batted in and wins for pitching. But if you take a second to ask the gangly, shy senior about his accomplishments, you won't get much out of him. "It's cool, but just as long as we win you know, try to get to state and win state, eventually."
That's just the vibe you get when you look at this year's Bomber baseball team. Last weekend they won districts by ten-run-ruling both of their opponents! However, that's not really their main focus. "It was good, it doesn't happen very often. We were just playing really good that weekend, and everyone was pitching really well, so that helped," says Thompson. His senior teammate Nick Leid agrees that last weekend, althought spectacular, isn't what they're thinking about for this Saturday. "We're just trying to stay focused and not overlook anything because of the ten run game."
It's that kind of focus and leadership from the seniors on the team that has head coach Ben Jacobs so sure of his team's talent. "Some of these seniors have been there before. Some of them were on the team two years ago when we won state so they've experienced it before and they want to get back there and do it again. So I'd say that and the leadership are what makes our seniors so great this year. Even the ones who don't start still play a lot and it's really easy to sour when you're sitting on the bench. These guys don't do that."
One interesting thing about Saturday's game is that the team Richland is playing, Graham-Kapowson, doesn't have nearly the tradition or history of the Bombers; that's because Graham-Kapowson has only been in existance for two years! That makes it a lot harder to get a game plan going against them. Luckily for Richland, they've got some hot bats and an ace on the mound to keep them strong throughout the playoffs.