CLINTWOOD — After invoking the 10-run rule against all of their opponents, the Ridgeview West Wolfpack had a stumble on Sunday as they lost to Wise. Head coach Bill Castle received some encouraging words from his team in the dugout before Monday’s game began.
“They said ‘We’ve got this, coach,’” Castle said with a big smile on his face. “I’ve done this for a long time and I’m not about championships. I’m about helping these kids get to the next level.”
The Wolfpack got ahead in the game and never looked back as they defeated the Warriors 11-5.
First baseman and relief pitcher Baylor Beavers spoke about what the coaches told him and his team needed to do in order to win Monday’s game.
“They said we needed to focus and to hit the ball. We didn’t do it last night. We looked at too many strikes,” Beavers said.
Pitcher Ryder Taylor spoke about being the starting pitcher in the championship game.
“It just feels great to make history for our county. We got to beat our arch rivals and now we get to go to state,” Taylor said.
Venezuelan-born catcher Cesar Padron could hardly contain his excitement post-game.
“We knew we had to be prepared. The coach told me to make sure to make good throws,” Padron said.
When asked what he and his team have to do in order to bring back a championship, Padron pointed to being prepared.
“Now we have to train hard and play hard if we want to win,” Padron said.
Castle, who has been involved in athletics for over 40 years, started coaching this team to be closer to his grandson, Jordan Castle. But after seeing him hug each and everyone of his players after awarding them their District 13 championship medals, it was obvious to all this grandfather may have inherited a few more grand kids.
“It means more to me that these kids have an opportunity to have this success and go on to another level. I’ve had them in football, basketball and baseball. This will just help them in every aspect of their lives,” Castle said.