Out at first

Watauga first baseman Noah Flood catches the ball at first base during Watauga's game with visiting Hickory March 29.

BOONE — Exams have been taken and summer vacation has begun at Watauga High School.

The Watauga instructional teams are scheduled to get back to the field. Watauga hosts Maiden on June 13 in a pair of doubleheaders at Watauga High School. The upcoming freshmen and other younger players will play the first game beginning at 6 p.m.

The older players, who will likely play on the varsity next spring, plays the second game. Both games are five innings long.

Watauga was not able to do any type of practices as a team leading up to the doubleheader because the players were in school taking final exams.

“We can’t practice the final 10 days of the school year,” Watauga coach Ethan Green said. “It kind of throws us off a little bit.”

Greene said the first practice was about getting the team back into a baseball rhythm lost from 10 days of inactivity. Watauga last played March 29 against visiting Hickory. The Watauga JV team took a 4-0 win and the varsity rallied for an 8-5 victory.

Greene was confident that despite the fact that school is out, he will be able to fill both rosters before family summer vacations, which sometimes take players away.

He said there isn’t likely to be a shortage of pitching in either game.

“We’ve got enough players,” Greene said. “We should be good. We’ll throw everybody one inning, two at the most.”

Watauga has six doubleheaders scheduled the rest of the season, but just one more scheduled at home. Watauga plays at Burke County on June 18 and plays at Hickory on June 20.

Watauga plays at Lincolnton on June 25 and host Burke County June 26. The team finishes its season June 27 at Maiden. Greene feels he has enough pitching with both teams to limit their innings and not hurt their arms.

“It’s about getting more people experience than trying to ride a couple of guys,” Greene said. “Some of them will get stretched.”

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