Magdalena baseball on its way up

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The Magdalena baseball team is running ahead so far in the season.

Coach Manual Martinez said the team is doing what it needs to defensively to get outs.

“The team is coming along well,” Martinez said. “We are playing fundamental baseball. This is the best defensive playing teams I have had in the three years, going on four years, that I have coached here.”

Offensively the team needs to be better hitters when runners are in scoring positions, he said.

“We have left too many runners in scoring position,” he said.

But pitching has shown much improvement so far in the season, Martinez said.

“Our pitchers are walking less batters and trusting their defense behind them and making the batter put the ball in play,” he said. “Overall the team is coming along well. If they believe and trust the system we will compete at the end come state tournament time.”