CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — It's a very special day for area high school baseball teams because today marks the start of practice.
High school baseball officially has arrived.
And at Ray High School, Coach Orlando Ruiz had his players running 60-yard dashes early in practice.
The Texans are looking to get back to the playoffs. They play in one of the toughest districts in the state.
And on in this particular day, it kind of feels like Christmas for the coach and the players.
“Every year it goes by quick and the first day of baseball man, lot's of butterflies, nervous, anxious … we are ready,” Ruiz said “We have six starters coming back from last year. We have four seniors so we will have a young ballclub but these guys have been putting in the work, so I think we will be able to compete this year.”
Ray catcher Sam Canales is excited about the returning talent for the Texans.
“I am really looking forward to it and we have a lot of potential,” Canales said. “We have some (new) faces, guys who have been here before but top to bottom we have guys who love to compete and guys I love to go to war with any day.”
And the thrill of the first day was particularly meaningful for Ray pitcher/outfielder Isaac Flores.
“Today is like a family event of the whole school year,” Flores said. “It's the start of a beautiful season and I am happy to be out here with all my teammates.”
District 30-5A will again be a very competitive district. The Texans’ first game will be on Feb. 25 in a district game against Moody.
So, there’s lot of exciting times ahead for area baseball teams and fans.