Baseball team takes to the road


    Staff Writer

    The Pirate baseball team will be back in action this weekend, facing what looks to be some tough competition.

    Friday, the varsity squad will head to Aztec to take on the 3-4 Tigers, followed by a non-league visit to Center on Saturday to take on the 2-0 Vikings.

    While the Aztec squad holds a 3-4 record, the Pirates’ trip to New Mexico will feature more challenges than just the game — the use of wood bats.

    Aluminum bats are used in Colorado, but are not allowed in New Mexico, meaning the Pirates will have to adjust to the feel of the wooden bat while facing a competitive team.

    “They’re very good,” coach Jim Fait said. “They’re a solid team.”

    The game begins at 3 p.m.

    Transitioning back to aluminum bats for Saturday, the Pirates will face the Center Vikings, who remain undefeated in the young season, beating Center and Salida.

    Action begins at 11 a.m.

    “Hopefully it’s going to be a good learning experience,” Fait said, adding that conference competition is only two weekends away. “We’ve got to get going in the right direction.”

    Trying to head in that direction, the team now has the advantage of being able to practice on a field instead of parking lot.

    “We’re getting a lot better,” Fait said of the transition to the field, a move he hopes will translate to fewer errors and better hitting.

    “We have the talent there; we’ve just got to put it together and get the experience,” Fait said.

    The Pirates currently are 0-3 on the season.