The boys have almost completed the 2018 baseball season. This update includes insights for the Rigby and West Jefferson teams and what the players are focusing on as they finish out their regular season and begin the district tournament.

Rigby Trojans

The Trojans have made many improvements since their first game this season.

Coach Barry Parkes said his team has improved mostly on their hitting skills.

In addition, he said the players have stayed positive throughout the season.

“We don’t give up,” he said.

Parkes said their win against Hillcrest has been a highlight from the season.

“We were down by eight in the sixth, tied it up, and won in the ninth. We ended up with 18 hits,” he said.

While his team has had great strides this season, Parkes said there is always room for improvement.

He said his team will be focusing on cutting down on errors, as they get ready for the district tournament.

The Trojans have a record of 6-10 overall, as of April 26. They start districts this week.

West Jefferson Panthers

The Panthers have had some good moments this season.

Coach Dave Hadley said his team has had good offensive strategies, and that their main strength has been their pitching.

“Our pitchers are throwing the ball over the plate and have given up a limited number of walks,” he said.

He said a memorable moment from this season was when his team had a three-homerun game at Challis.

Hadley said one of their main weaknesses has been defensive mistakes.

“We have struggled with defensive consistency this season,” he said. “… We just give our opponents too many outs.”

Moving forward, Hadley said he would like to see his team have fewer strikeouts and have them put more pressure on their opponents.

“I believe we still have it in us to play mistake free baseball and put pressure on our opponents,” he said.

The Panthers have a record of 1-16 overall, as of April 26. They start districts May 3 at Tautphaus Park in Idaho Falls.

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