Belvidere baseball has begun

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Although the Bucs started the season slow, the team is hoping to finish strong.

Maison Mulcahy, Staff Writer

Belvidere baseball is off to a rocky start this year, as the team currently has only have one win through its first six games. Three of these losses have been NIC-10 conference matchups.  The Bucs have been outscored by their opponents 54-19.

BHS’s most recent game was played April 20 against Auburn. The Bucs took the victory  8-2. This was a much-needed win after starting off the season 0-5.

Other teams that the Bucs have matched up against so far have been Rockford Christian, Woodstock North, Belvidere North, and Boylan Catholic (twice).

“A lot of stuff needs to be worked on,” said head coach Taylor Rogers. “But a lot of it is the small stuff that comes from understanding the game. The coaching staff and I can be demanding at times and have high expectations for the players, and they are currently living up to them.”

Although the Bucs are struggling at the moment, Coach Rogers still hasn’t changed his hopes for this season.

“My personal hope for the season is for us to finish with an above .500 record, finish at least in the top five of the conference, if not better,” Rogers said. “I’m hoping that we are able to compete for and win a regional this year as well.”

Many teams look at the state tournament as their goal, but Rogers realizes that state is not in the conversation for BHS this year.

“Everyone’s hope is to not have to end the season with a loss, which would be us winning the state championship,” he said, “But in our first year, I think a realistic goal for our program is the regional.”

The Bucs won’t have to travel far, as they take on cross-town rival Belvidere North on April 21, hoping that the momentum from the previous game helps them take the victory. The last time these teams matched up was April 15 when the Blue Thunder shut out the Bucs, 15-0.