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VARDAMAN – The Vardaman Rams summer baseball teams are gaining some valuable experience on the diamond this summer and picking up a couple of wins along the way.
The Rams high school team was young this spring and will be again next year, but that’s one of the main reasons coach Boo Griffin wants them on the field this summer.
“We’re playing a lot of what are going to be next year’s seventh and eighth-graders,” Griffin said. “And they’re playing pretty good.”
The Rams have a middle school and varsity team in action this summer and play junior varsity when they have an opponent scheduled that hosts a JV team.
The middle school team snagged a 2-1 win over Calhoun City June 13 while the high school boys took a loss, but Griffin saw positives on the field in both games.
“We had some base-running errors, but they really played pretty good,” Griffin said. “We hit the ball, just couldn’t get that key hit when we needed it.”
Griffin is still shuffling players around the diamond, looking for a fit and building reserves.
“We’re playing a lot of different kids,” Griffin said. “Everybody is getting an opportunity to play. With smaller schools, you’ve got to have people who are able to move around if you need them to. I think we’ve had about six different catchers so far.”
The Rams were scheduled to host Calhoun City for a varsity game Monday and Tupelo Christian Prep in a middle school game Tuesday. They will be on the road to Houlka Thursday for varsity action.