The West Point Warriors baseball team kicked off their first official practice of the season this week with high hopes of taking their depth deep into the 5A Alabama State Playoffs. Last year’s season ended short due to COVID but gave the Warriors a new perspective on the game.

Senior standout Branson Smith said, “it has been a long time coming after our season got cut short from COVID last year. Our team is chomping at the bit to get back on the field and compete. I am part of a program that believes in hard work. Our coaching staff preaches hard work, never give up and always believe in yourself. Being a senior and being with them for so long, they have significantly impacted my life. This team has been together for a long time. We have all bought into their motto. What motivates us the most is getting knocked out of playoff contention in 10th grade. Since then, we have busted our tail every single day.”

Warriors Head Coach Drew Bryson is happy to be back on the field after the short 15 game 2020 season. “Just being back out on the field preparing for the season has been a breath of fresh air for us. With the way things ended last season, it has helped change our perspective and made us truly appreciate the little things, like showing up to the field to practice day in and day out. Having the opportunity to be out there again with our guys has been awesome. The boys have put a ton of time and effort in, going back to June and throughout the summer. They continued that hard work through our offseason program and now into our preseason practices. It’s getting exciting knowing we are just a few days away from putting the uniform on again and going out to compete. We have a special group of guys that genuinely love the game of baseball and love each other. They make our job as coaches enjoyable, knowing we will show up every day and be around a bunch of dudes that love the game and love competing.”

The Warriors will take the diamond on February 15th to start their road to Montgomery.