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The last rule The roster, which also includes Jake Hollifield, Blake Hunter, Tanner Matile, Beckett Rinkus, Carson Rivenbark, Maddox Robinson, Daniel Smith and Nick Wuerdeman, is combining for a blistering .383 batting average this season while scoring an average of more than nine runs per game. Now, headed into the meat of their spring schedule, which concludes at the end of June before picking back up a few weeks later for the fall season, the Lookouts are hoping to continue winning and building on their rankings. There’s one more rule, however, that Matt hopes will keep his players focused despite their success. Rule No. 7: “Be the best we can be on the last day of the season,” recites the coach. If they can do that, there will be plenty more moments worth remembering.

The players know how they're supposed to behave, and that helps them concentrate on the game.

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year. Matt, though, had a different idea and began trying to convince the parents and players on the team to forgo their spring seasons at East Lincoln Optimist in favor of starting a new travel ball team that would exclusively play higher-level tournaments. “It took quite a bit of convincing,” says Matt. Convince them he did, however, and the team went 19-7 over the course of the 2018 spring and fall seasons, which also included a good chunk of the summer. Some attrition was to be expected, especially with the taxing schedule. That opened spots for new players such as Christian Cherry, whose mom, Jaclyn, says the team’s structure and level of competition has made sacrificing her weekends worth it. “I don’t think we would’ve joined this team if it wasn’t for the atmosphere,” says Jaclyn.

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Lake Norman Currents Magazine June 2019  

The Magazine for the people of Lake Norman by the people of Lake Norman.

Lake Norman Currents Magazine June 2019  

The Magazine for the people of Lake Norman by the people of Lake Norman.