Despite some tough losses, the Hillsboro American Legion Post 366 baseball team has a 5-5 record.
The team is one of the youngest in its Babe Ruth baseball league for 16- to 18-year olds, first-year coach Jordan Lago said, who also helped coach Tabor College this year.
Previous coach Tim Hein was unable to coach this season and mentioned it to Lago. He contacted team organizer Lyman Adams and offered to coach the team.
The 14-player team includes some Centre High School students and one player from Chase County, Lago said. Pitching and hitting are strong points.
“They’re pretty spunky,” he said.
Aaron Bina has played catcher for years.
“I’d rather be behind the plate,” the 16-year-old said.
Throwing out a baserunner trying to steal second base is the most satisfying play for a catcher, Bina said.
“They kind of test your abilities, then you throw them out,” he said.
Lago is confident the team will finish the season strong. Postseason play will begin in mid-July with districts.
“The guys have to show up ready to play. If they do, I have no doubt we’ll win every game the rest of the way,” he said.
Hillsboro played Tuesday at home against Hesston. The team will play Herrington at 6 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Field in Hillsboro.