Less than 48 hours after winning its second state championship in a row, the Bethlehem Christian Academy baseball team went back to work.
The team ventured to Mississippi State for a team camp, officially beginning preparation for the 2015 season when the Knights will move to Class AAA in the GISA. BCA won the state championship this spring with no seniors on the roster so coach Colby May will have a full cupboard of talent to work with as the program moves into a new region and new classification.
“It was one of the better camps I’ve seen,” May said Sunday afternoon. “We worked from sunup to sundown, playing five games in three days.”
BCA players were able to work with Mississippi State coaches on hitting, pitching and fielding.
“We learned a lot and our players worked very hard,” May said. “They probably haven’t been pushed like that before in a week. I am proud of the players. It was a long season and a grind in the playoffs. To be able to make it through that camp is an accomplishment. The tough things they had to face took a lot of heart and drive.”
With so many Knights competing in travel ball and on other summer teams, May said the week-long camp will conclude the team’s work this month. Players will continue to lift weights during the summer, working to get stronger and faster.
“With us being so young, those are areas we need to focus on,” the coach said.
The state championship season has begun to sink in for May, who reached the ultimate goal in his first time as a coach.
“It was just great seeing them perform they way they did against some quality teams,” he said. “The players continue to gain confidence.”