Due to the global outbreak of the coronavirus–COVID-19, Bishop Noll has jumped on board with the rest of the nation’s schools in suspending all activities and sporting events until further notice. Some sports, including baseball, have suspended outdoor practices as well.
But that doesn’t mean Bishop Noll’s baseball team is putting a damper on their mental preparation. The spring season is coming up and there’s a lot to accomplish.
According to head coach, Ryan Juilan, fundamentals are going to be driven and everyone is learning in a positive manner. Coach Julian explained that in order to improve you need to learn the fundamentals and learning the culture of the game.
“Always building men with high character not just on the baseball diamond bus in life,” he said.
After losing former varsity players, coach Julian thinks it would be more communal this year. The seniors this year will be leaders; however, everyone plays a vital role as a leader. Some players to look out for are outfielder Hunter Laurincik and catcher Devin Padilla.
The team already has leadership and the focus this year is to take high character guys the team has grown upon.
“We are going to have hard times this year athletically because of our age. But learning from these moments makes us a better team now and down the road,” coach Julian explained.
Julian reasoned that a plethora of talented teams, especially Catholic schools across the Illinois border can make the team better as a whole for the future Bishop Noll baseball team. Noll was set to begin their season against a talented Marian Catholic team, but may postpone that game until later.
As a coach, Julian wants the best for the baseball team and looks forward to getting better in the future.
“Winning at a very high level, every day, no matter who the opponent is,” is his goal.