By JOSE G. SANTIAGO III
The smell of fresh cut grass is in the air, the infield dirt has been raked and newly ground chalk has been put on the base paths.
All this can only mean one thing: The new baseball season is almost upon us and Pima Community College head baseball coach Jason Hisey is ready.
Last year, Hisey and his team finished sixth in their conference, something the coach is certainly hoping to improve upon this season.
In Hisey’s fourthyear as head coach, he has some obstacles to overcome.
The loss of numerous pitchers is cause for concern, and the coach mentioned the need to fill the void left by departing pitcher Jake Cole.
Some key players taking the mound for the Aztecs this season will be Marcel Renteria, Cole Plouck, Chris Kucko and Scotty Watson.
Hisey isn’t sure how his team is going to perform, but he is cautiously optimistic about their chances.
“I’m not sure yet, we haven’t played anyone beside ourselves yet,” Hisey said.
“Uncertainty brings a sense of excitement to any season, so I guess we will just have to wait and see how this one plays out,” he said.
Pima baseball starts its season on Jan. 31 in Phoenix against Paradise Valley. First pitch starts at noon.