By Khalid Nelms, Staff Writer
The Verbum Dei baseball team will play Centennial High School in a double-header on Saturday, February 16, at 10:00 A.M. at Centennial High School, 2606 North Central Avenue, Compton.
The two games are scheduled hours apart with the second game set for 1:00 P.M. This match-up has been in the works for both the Verb players and coaches.
The baseball team at Verbum Dei returned to existence in the 2017-2018 school year, and the team has been a rebuilding project since then. Last year, they squad won two games and lost eight games, but players and coaches are hoping to do better this year.
As the baseball team is progressing through practices in preparation for the season, many of the players are anticipating the match up against Centennial. Last season, Verb’s baseball team did not get a chance to play against Centennial, so the upcoming doubleheader making the schedule makes the team all the more exuberant.
“The reason for a double-header is because we are a second year program and we are playing varsity,” said Athletic Director Kenneth Stevenson. “We have a few players with no baseball experience, so this way they get games and reps under their belts. When conference comes around, they will have established some confidence.”
“Centennial has confirmed the games,” said Stevenson. “All the credit goes to the coaching staff for deciding on the double-header; they understand the purpose of getting some games in before conference starts.”