Marathon Red Raiders Baseball enters the 2013 season coming off a 19-5 record last spring. They also finished on top of the Marawood South with 13-1 record.
Despite what happened last season, the Red Raiders are approaching this season as a brand new year, with a brand new team.
Marathon returns just two juniors and two seniors, and expects to have a bit of a learning curve with a younger team early on in the season.
However, Marathon Coach Steve Warren says what he's learned most since coaching at Marathon High School, especially during three state tournament appearances in Appleton, is how his team is playing at the end of the season is what really matters.
"In 2009, we lost the first game of the year to Nekoosa, and we played awful. We then won thirty games in a row, and played in the state championship game," said Warren.
"This year having such a young team, you gotta take things in stride. If we lose a few here and there, it's not a problem as long as we get better," said Warren.
Players agree that it is a new season, and that everyone from a freshman to a senior, will need to contribute.
"Everyone says you were this, you were that, but you don't even think about it. In the process, we take it one pitch at a time. We're young, we're gonna have to have some freshman who'll have to step up. Have some sophomores, some juniors. We need to have good leaders and we need to push past the youth of our team," said Marathon Senior Collin Seubert.
The Red Raiders strive to be strong on defense and look to that as a team strength.
"We emphasize a lot on defense and the fundamentals because defense will win games if you play strong defense, and you can pitch. Our main focus is one pitch at a time, so whatever the games come out to, that's what is going to happen," said Marathon Junior Nathan Martin.
Marathon opens up their season hosting Prentice on April 2nd.
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