Cottonwood Colts Baseball 2015 Year Ends
Jun 05, 2015 06:46PM
By Lewi Lewis
Cottonwood Colts Baseball team. Photo courtesy of Coach Jason Crawford
The Cottonwood Colts 5A baseball team lost in the semi-finals 3-2 against Pleasant Grove, narrowly missing their chance at advancing to the state championship this year. But instead of focusing on what could have been done differently, head coach Jason Crawford is focusing on the existential gains.
“I am not one to dwell on the past,” Crawford said. “The team had a great year and created their own identity.”
It’s hard to call their season a losing season when they ended it with a record of 24 wins and 4 losses; two being in the state playoffs and the other two in a pre-season tournament in Las Vegas.
“I am extremely proud of what they accomplished,” Crawford said.
Senior star pitcher Tevita Gerber admits that at the beginning of the season, the team lacked confidence and held a wavering identity.
“But as we progressed through workouts and preseason games, we discovered we could play with anyone,” he said.
With a mostly returning team, the Cottonwood Colts and staff feel good about next season.
“We have a lot of work to do but I am sure the team will come back ready to play hard once again,” Crawford said.
Tevita, who is going on to play with UNLV as a pitcher, has learned that baseball isn’t merely a game or a pastime but something that reveals the secret of character.
“Sports have taught me that not everything is going to go your way. And when it doesn’t go your way you need to figure out a way to fight through it and be successful,” he said.
Cottonwood Baseball will be losing three players this year: Tevita Gerber will be going to UNLV, Ty Brophy will be heading to Barstow, and Gavin Gunthrie has had multiple offers but has yet to decide.