Mr. Flint grew up attending school at Beaver Local. He was an athlete himself, playing baseball, basketball, and football. After graduating at Beaver Local, Flint went to college at Youngstown State University, then landed a teaching job back at his alma mater. Along with his job as an intervention specialist, he is also the varsity assistant baseball coach. When I sat down to ask Flint about the upcoming season, his answers were quite optimistic.
With the loss of six seniors, one being the big lefty pitcher Dominic Muscari, the Beavers’ baseball team will be fairly new and young this year. “Dominic was definitely a big loss on the mound, but that just leaves room for kids to step up and take charge,” said Flint. “Chase Wilcox and Shane Salyers will have to step up and fill the starting pitcher positions.” Mr. Flint believes that having the team as young as they are this year will not only be an experiment but will also be used as motivation and drive for a successful year.
To have the great year the team is hoping for, the Beavers will have to overcome their weaknesses from last year. I asked Flint what must be improved from last year and he replied, “Timely hitting and errors were really the big things that killed us on the field last year. If we can get those straightened out, we should have a solid year.” Knowing that, the team has taken an early start preparing for the season. Alongside with any offseason work the players have been doing on their own, there has been lifting sessions at the complex and player can attend. The beavers have also began having batting practice, as well as getting some fundamental work in.
Coming off of a 13-10 record last year, Mr. Flint and the beavers hope for another solid year again this season. Although the team is very young, the team is still expecting to compete with anyone they are matched up against. Having nearly the same schedule as last year, the Beavers know how to prepare for the upcoming season.