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May 7, 2013

Winning the Rams way

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“We always want to play juniors and seniors,” Holloway said. “In the beginning, we needed to get those talented freshmen on the field and sophomores that had the strong work ethic and that it mattered to. We felt like once that was established and our camps got going then we could get what we call our minor league system in place.”

Holloway and his coaches implemented the system about a decade ago when they took over the baseball program.

“When we started our vision was to run a disciplined program that would be respected and successful in the long run, and we also wanted to carry on the success that the previous team and coaches had established before us,” Holloway said. “It took a few years.”

The goal was to teach the players fundamentals at a young age and allow them to develop at the JV level before making a jump to varsity.

“Early on, we had to play some young players,” Holloway said. “And it was a situation where they had to make their mistakes at the varsity level early on. They were very talented players that had a great work ethic, and they were a big reason why our program got back to where it is.”

From the results of the junior varsity team coached by Scott Gamber and Denny Clark, the Rams could have some more success in the future. The junior varsity Rams record stood at 22-4 late last week.

“It’s one of those deals where I think Tim does a really good job,” Bernard said. “If I had a son playing right now, he’s the kind of guy I would want him playing for.”

Last Five Seasons Year Record 2009 21-12 2010 29-7 2011 28-9 2012 26-10 2013 23-5-1

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