It might be a while before they’re giving the Glen Rose High School baseball program a boost, but for right now the 6U Glen Rose White Sox T-ball squad is a force to be reckoned with.
After a key victory on Friday, the White Sox are now 8-1 and in first place in their fall league. The team is coached by J.D. Leach.
“We play under the Glen Rose Youth Baseball Association, but we’re competing with these teams in the Hood County Youth Baseball Fall League right now,” Leach said. “Our loss came to the Granbury Thunder, but we’ve also beaten them. We beat the previously unbeaten Granbury Grasshoppers 24-11 on Friday and we’re now in first place with a win over every team in the league.”
A win in their Saturday game would allow the White Sox to clinch first place heading into the playoffs.
Leach’s assistant coaches are Cody Lawson and Lyndel Flournoy. As for the squad known to its fans as “the boys of fall”, the White Sox roster includes Wyatt Lawson (LF), Cooper Smiley (RF), Noah Voss (C/UTIL), Caden Bruce (P/1B), Nick Coker (RF/LF), Jackson Thompson (1B/3B), Gage Carnes (CF), Adrian Sanchez (LF/3B), Isan Sanchez (SS/P), Chandler Davis (SS/UTIL), Parker Stephenson (1B/P) and Cohen Grace (2B/3B).
“All of the kids are playing very well, and many have improved greatly since the season started,” Leach said. “I’d say our most improved players have been Nick Coker, Cooper Smiley and Noah Voss. As far as the three guys who have done exceptionally well to lead us, I would point to Jackson Thompson, Parker Stephenson and Caden Bruce.”
It appears there are a number of reasons why the White Sox have been so successful.
“The players all know each other well and they work exceptionally well together,” Leach said. “Our guys wanted to beat the Grasshoppers really bad (Friday). I’ve never coached a team that put so much effort into what they’re doing, especially considering how young they are.
“They know the fundamentals and they listen very well because they want to learn. If this team stays together, I could see them going really far in this sport as they grow older.”
The White Sox typically play one or two games a week and practice two or three times weekly. Glen Rose teams haven’t previously made such an impact against Granbury foes.
“Glen Rose has been playing Granbury teams in fall baseball for several years, but no Glen Rose team has done this well against those teams,” Leach said. “A Granbury coach told me that we had really taken the league by surprise.”
It seems logical that fall T-ball could be laying the foundation for some extremely strong baseball players in the years to come.
“This absolutely helps these boys start fast as baseball players,” the coach said. “We play full-regulation baseball, so nearly every rule you could see in high school or even the majors is in effect for us. Obviously a few rules have been adjusted for T-ball, but my point is they really learn the fundamentals of baseball through this experience and I think they get a lot out of this competitive level.”
Leach has high hopes for the rest of the season, but these White Sox are already winners in his book.
“We’re definitely shooting for the league championship so we can bring home the trophy,” Leach said. “I think we have a very good shot, but we have to keep working and playing hard. I’m proud of these kids for everything they’ve done so far.”