“I’m trying to make sure they understand that we got to take care of the regular season first,” Phillips said. “We can’t look too far past that. We got to play each game one at a time and if we do that then the end result will be what we want it to be.”
Last year, the baseball team, which is just in its fifth year of existence, advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time.
“When we start getting caught up in Final Fours and state championships and those kinds of things, then we lose focus on our day to day tasks,” Phillips said. “Those are the most important things because if we take care of each day then those results will be there when we want them to be.”
The Wildcats have the potential to do just as well this season since they only lost five seniors and the majority of their success stemmed from the play of the underclassmen.
“People should expect to see the same thing on the field this year except that we are a year older,” Phillips said. “Most of guys who were on the field last year were sophomores and juniors but this year they are juniors and seniors.”
Contributors from the Wildcats’ last win in 2013 such as Tyler Sellers, John Shoemaker and Dalton Kuhn are back to help lead the way.
“The main thing I want to see is that we are better this year than we were last year,” Phillips said. “You never know what the end result will be but as long as we are getting better each time we take the field then we are headed in the right direction.”
Currently, Locust Grove is 3-1.
“I think the community is excited about what we’ve done here,” Phillips said. “The overall baseball program here at Locust Grove is in good shape.”