JOHNSTON BASEBALL AIMING FOR ANOTHER STATE TITLE
Johnston's baseball team is one the best in the state with a #1 ranking in Class 4A with a 19-3 record and playing in one of the toughest conferences in the state, the CIML. After missing the repeat of the 2017 championship team, they're focusing on getting back to the top this season. They attribute their success this season to the work they put in the offseason and the daily decisions they make as a team to improve.
As far as conference play goes, Johnston knows that every game is a battle and every team has 1 or 2 players that can dominate the mound in any given game. The focus is is not taking the day off on any given game and to keep focused on the end goal.
This team doesn't need any extra motivation according to Johnston's coach, Michael Barta. "They have a clear goal and understand what it takes to get it done".
Johnston currently ranks 2nd in the state in home runs with 22, 6th with 230 hits and 4 in RBIs with 206. The strength of this team is veteran leadership - particularly Peyton Williams and Andrew Nord. Both of these guys have experience at the highest level with 3 state tourney appearances and 1 state championship. Another competitive advantage Johnston possesses is a strong competitive mindset and desire to compete on a daily basis.
Coach Barta sets the mindset for the team to "outwork everyone on our schedule, bring energy to the ballpark, and represent our school and town in a way previous players would be proud of".
Be sure to check out Johnston's team page to learn more - Johnston Baseball Team Page