When the Holly Pond Broncos step on the diamond this Thursday, February 11th, to face the Locust Fork Hornets, they will have two extra angels guiding them. Tragedy struck the Broncos baseball team last April when Dayden Floyd and Josh McGinnis were taken way too soon in an automobile accident. Dayden was going to be a Senior this year and the ace pitcher for the Broncos. He had worked hard for the ace position and knew his senior year was his time to shine. Josh would have entered the eleventh grade this year and brought the much-needed experience to the Broncos roster. Although Dayden and Josh may not physically take the field with the rest of their beloved Broncos, they will undoubtedly be on the diamond in spirit.
Holly Pond Broncos baseball coach Jay Huddleson is ready to see what the Broncos are made of this season. Although last season was cut short due to COVID and the fact the Broncos had to deal with the tragedy of two of their players passing away, the future looks bright for the green and white.
“I am super excited to get this season started. This group of young men has arrived at the field ready to work. I feel like through everything they have endured over the last 12 months, this may be the best season Holly Pond Baseball has had in recent years.” – Head Coach Jay Huddleson
Holly Pond will travel to Locust Fork this Thursday to take on the Hornets before opening up at home the following Monday, February 15th, again against the Locust Fork Hornets led by Coach Matt Plunkett. The Broncos have worked tremendously hard throughout the offseason and have some experience with Senior Middle Infielder Thomas Bell. Bell said, “In this season, I hope we don’t get cut short like last season. The team and coaches have put in a lot of hard work so we can perform at our best ability possible. This season we will play in honor of Dayden Floyd and Josh Mcginnis, as we know they will be beside us.”
The Broncos have endured tragedy and heartache over the twelve months more than any child should have to, but the Bronco nation will not allow tragedy to prevent them from triumph. There will be a special presentation at the Broncos first home game to honor the two absent Broncos. You will look around and not physically see Dayden and Josh, but rest assured, they will be on the diamond next to their teammates throughout the season.
Good Luck to the Holly Pond Broncos on their upcoming season.