The Fort Madison baseball team is preparing for yet another playoff run.
The Bloodhounds finished last season with a 16-15 record, losing in the Class 3A – Substate 5 Quarterfinal.
However, it’s a new year and the Bloodhounds are 8-2 this season thus far.
Head coach Ron Walker wants everyone to understand what it takes to be a Bloodhound.
“That they’re going to show up they’re going to compete and play hard and take a lot of pride in that bloodhound jersey.”
Fort Madison’s district playoff schedule comes out Sunday, but Walker says his teams game plan doesn’t change.
“I don’t think our philosophy really changes much from the first day of practice to the playoffs. We still have the same mentality each and every day: Show up get the most out of it and be ready for post season play, which is right around the corner we’ll see what happens.”
The recent turn in the program started last year when the team developed the motto “Hard 90” and “Wear it.”
Walker indicated, “Wear it comes from last year we came in we really didn’t have any goals then what we were. So, our goal we said at the beginning of the year was to lead the conference in hit by pitches, to try to develop some kind of mental toughness. At the end of the year we ranked third in class 3A state baseball in hit by pitches.”
Some players have taken the “Hard 90” motto to their approach this year.
It means just like competing more than anyone else, getting as much out of it as you can, being able to get as many 90 feets as you can, and putting the pressure on everybody,” Jr. third baseman Vasin Thurman said.
His twin brother and shortstop, Jason said, “It just means playing the game hard all the time, like not taking off a pitch and always playing the game hard.”
The Bloodhounds are set to play Thursday evening at home against Mount Pleasant in a scheduled doubleheader. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.