Warriors open season on Saturday
As Jared Wells watched his team practice recently he was all smiles knowing a new season of baseball at Del Norte High School is about to get under way.
Jared Wells at a recent practice: “I love this sport and I enjoy teaching this game.” Del Norte Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
“We’re looking good,” he said. “We got a lot of players coming back this year, so I think we got a solid team in place.”
This is the first year as head coach for Wells, who graduated from Del Norte in 1997.
He replaces longtime coach Pablo Lorenzi.
Wells, a teacher at Uncharted Shores Academy, previously coached baseball at the middle school level when he lived in Hawaii. He also taught in Hawaii in both high school and middle school.
For Wells, it’s great to be back to the place he graduated from high school.
“I feel that it’s a great opportunity,” he said. “It’s great to return and put down some roots here.”
The season begins a little bit earlier than normal this season with the Warriors facing Sonoma Valley in Eureka on Saturday. The second game will be almost three weeks later.
While performing well on the baseball field is important, Wells said his emphasis is on helping his players develop into good citizens. And that means maintaining their grades — after all, he said, he’s a teacher.
“We want to teach them baseball as well as having good team character,” he said. “I love this sport and I enjoy teaching this game.”
While practices have been occurring for only a few weeks, Wells likes the combination of newcomers and veterans the team has this year and believes the Warriors will be competitive.
Last year, the Warriors missed the playoffs for the first time in a few seasons, going 4-8 in the Big 5 Conferrence and 8-11 overall.
• Feb. 25 vs.Sonoma Valley at Eureka
• March 16 at Hidden Valley, 3 p.m.
• March 17 at Brookings, 11 a.m.
• March 30 vs. Hidden Valley at home. 4 p.m.
• March 31 vs. Potter Valley at home, noon
• April 7 at Fortuna
• April 12-14 at Rincon Valley Tournament in Santa Rosa
• April 18 at McKinleyville
• April 21 Eureka at home
• April 25 Arcata at home
• May 2 vs.Fortuna at home
• May 5 vs. McKinleyville at home
• May 9 at Eureka
• May 12 at Arcata
• May 19, last day of league competition
• May 22 to June 2, Northcoast Section playoffs