Experience Equals Expectations
The Hornets' experience with one another extend much deeper than the last two seasons. For Fulton's Seniors, chemistry on the diamond is the product of playing together every year since elementary school. The eldest Hornets hope their years of playing together will produce a championship in their final season.
"We expect to be there [in the championship] again," said Fulton Senior Ryan Jacobs. "The seniors have to step up, and hopefully get back to where we were last year."
While many coaches preach the cliched "one game at a time," Coach Davis prefers to keep his eye on loftier long-term goals.
"We'll take a conference championship in there, but our number one goal is to win district," he explained.
This year's Fulton team features talent in addition to maturity. Fulton returns more all-district players than any of their eight district competitors, including St. Francis Borgia. St. Francis Borgia won the championship last year and is a top ranked team this year.
The Hornets have another advantage in their quest to win the school's first district title since 2000. This year's district tournament will be played at Fulton's home park, Hensley Field.
The Hornets expect to have an additional offensive boost with the impending return of Brady Cunningham, last year's home run leader. Cunningham has yet to play this season, but should bolster the lineup by the time district play begins in early May.