Brook eyes improvement as 24-6A play arrives
It was in no way intentional, but Clear Brook head baseball coach Gene Flores spun a pun in assessing the 2019 baseball season to date.
“Everybody’s kind of in the same boat,” Flores said.
With persistent precipitation foiling the best of plans, Flores has often been left shaking his head this spring.
“I’ve been here 13 years at Brook, and this is the first time that our CCISD Tournament got rained out,” he said. “When the whole tournament is canceled, that’s when you know you’re getting a lot of rain.
“I feel bad for our younger levels because they only have two or three games under their belt.”
The Brook varsity has managed to play eight games this season, and that includes two that were played Thursday morning and afternoon. In those, the Wolverines defeated Galveston Ball, 7-2, and lost to Fort Bend Elkins, 9-3.
Both of those games came in the rescheduled Alvin Tournament which is being played at three sites. Rain played havoc with other games Thursday, and a wet forecast was scheduled for next week.
The recurring rainfall has been frustrating to all involved in the schematics of playing a game.
“We should have already played 15 games to this point,” Flores said. “We haven’t been able to practice. The tarp’s always on the field.
“We’re pretty good in the gym, I can tell you that. We’re good Wiffle Ball players.”
Through Thursday’s first-round games in the Alvin tournament, the Wolverines have carved out a 4-4 record.
Clear Brook fields a young team, but Flores has faith his players can mold into a winning unit.
“We really have just three guys back from last year,” Flores said. “That’s Aaron Calhoun, who was moved up to varsity during the season; Sebastian Pichardo, a third-baseman, who is a three-year letterman; and Cody Dennis, a returning first baseman.”
Mateo Guzman also gained some experience as he was moved up to varsity late in the 2018 campaign.
“On the mound, we have nothing older than a sophomore, unless you count Pichardo, my closer,” Flores said. “It’s just a bunch of young guys.
“We’re young, but we’re hungry. We’re doing everything we can to keep these guys focused.”
Flores hasn’t received the type preparation he’d like with District 24-6A play just around the corner, but that’s the case with every other Clear Creek ISD team.
The Wolverines start district play during spring break, hosting Clear Creek on Tuesday before playing the Wildcats at Mallory Field on Friday.
Both games are scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Once again, rain could be a factor.
“It’s a clean slate for everybody starting Tuesday,” Flores said. “If we don’t show up next week, we can go 0-2. If we do show up, then we could go 1-1 or 2-0.
“Every game in this district is like a playoff game. Dickinson is hot right now, so I guess you’d have to pick them right now. I’ve seen everybody play, and they all look good to me.
“The arms are really good in this district. If you can get some hitting in there, you’ll have a good chance. Hopefully, we can have some timely hitting and scratch a few runs here and there.”
As always, Flores sees no days off, and his Wolverines can’t afford too many off days.
“The good thing about 24-6A is that if you happen to get into the playoffs, it’s like you’ve played 12 playoff games already,” he said. “I think we’re all going in blind, but you’ve got to find a way to get it going.
“It’s time to get our rotation locked in, and then go out and perform.”