Jesuit baseball signals a change

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by TED MADDEN / WFAA-TV

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Posted on May 19, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 19 at 7:09 PM

 

For baseball purists, what Jesuit is doing to relay signs from coach to player must seem a little odd.

"I'm more into classical baseball stuff," said centerfielder Reid Plauche. "This is more progressive than anything I'd ever done."

Batters and runners on base look like quarterbacks getting a play called in from the sideline. Jesuit's first-year head coach Brian Jones decided to do away with traditional signs before the season began, and go with wrist bands and a numbering system. And one player in particular is much better off.

Ryan Miller and Kevin Terry pointed their finger at the same guy.

"Probably our captain and center fielder Reid Plauche," said Miller.

"I love him to death," said Terry, "and he's a great baseball player. But this thing's been good for him."

"I missed a couple, I did," admits Plauche, talking about missing signs during the 2009 season. "Often times it was in important parts of games."

But this year Reid hasn't missed any signs -- no one has. It's been perfect. Coach Jones says his team hasn't missed a sign all year; they haven't always executed perfectly, but his players haven't missed any signs.

"It wasn't just something that, Oh we want to try this just because it's the new, cool, hip thing to do," says Jones. "It's something where we wanted to be foolproof."

The wrist bands aren't the reason, but this team is playing well. After winning only six of 17 games to start the season, Jesuit won their district with an 11-1 record and are now three rounds deep in the playoffs.

"At the beginning of the season, everybody was just worried about their own statistics, and how they personally did in the game." said Terry. "And we just addressed that and talked about how it's about the team."

The Rangers are at the point of the season where one mistake could make the difference between advancing in the playoffs, or turning in their equipment. But for this team, that mistake won't be a missed sign.

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