The Eisenhower Eagles baseball and softball programs are looking to soar to new heights.
Coach Brandi Hornsby leads the ladies, who struggled last season. Ike softball has made the playoffs just once in recent history and they are looking to change that.
“This season, our success will come from playing as a team and growing in our mental strength,” Hornsby said. “Hitters are growing in their confidence and will have to execute for us to be successful. Staying mentally focused the entire game and fighting for each opportunity they’re afforded will make this a great season.”
Arleth Gonzalez can do it all. She plays first base and pitches, while leading the Eagles at the plate. Running down balls in the outfield will be Beatriz Monterrubio, while second-baseman Michelle Hernandez locks down the middle infield. Ike has an ace in Melonie Guardiola, who is just a freshman.
It’s been since 2014 that the Eagle baseball team reached the postseason.
Coach Zeke Rodriguez has some talent to be competitive in district, but to scratch out a playoff spot he will need some players to step up big.
“We need to find some consistent pitching and to play sound defense,” he said. “Those are key for us and if we can accomplish that, we will be in the conversation.”
Justin Perez and Jovan Perez, Robert Menefee (catcher), Ricardo Martinez and Robert Lopez are the key players as other underclassmen will continue to emerge.