Miners baseball hoping third time is the charm

San Manuel Miner

The San Manuel baseball team has reached the semi-finals of the State Championship tournament in each of the past two seasons. The Miners are aiming for a third straight semi-finals appearance this year so they can break the string and reach the State Championship game.

Head coach Steve Elmore enters his second season leading the Miners’ baseball program. With the roster finalized after last week’s tryouts, the Miners can begin preparations for their opener on Feb. 28, 2014.

“We have had a lot of success the past two years, reaching the final four both years,” Elmore said. “We look to continue to grow as a team and take the next step to the championship game and look to win it.”

Anthony Garcia, Richard Romo, Shane Kelly, and Bryan Valdez are among the returning players who are expected to contribute and lead the way this season.

In order the achieve success this season, Elmore says the players must check their egos at the door and play within their abilities. He wants the players to have a short memory when it comes to the success of previous teams.

“With past success comes a mindset that you don’t have to work and get better to win,” Elmore said. “We need to forget that mindset and work as hard as we can to fulfill the goals for this season.”

The Miners open their season at home versus Tohono O’odham on Feb. 28. The game is scheduled to start at 3:45 p.m.

Andy Luberda (152 Posts)

Andy Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working15 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Andy covers sports for eight high schools. His stories are published in the Southeast Valley Ledger, Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles. In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College. Andy is currently earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Communication. Andy is scheduled to complete his degree December 2014. He was born and raised in Des Plaines, Ill. In 1992, he relocated to Arizona. After a short return to Des Plaines in 1997, he returned to the Phoenix area two years later. He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.


Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Sunday ‘Macros’ Photography Class and September Hours at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

    23 hours ago
    by

    By popular demand, Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park has extended summer hours of 6am-2pm through the end of September, allowing […]


    Jr. Panthers Expect Turnaround Season

    August 20th, 2014
    by

    The Jr. Panthers’ football team was winless in 2013. Head coach Manuel Ortega knows his team has the discipline and […]


    Panthers 2014 Varsity Football Schedule

    August 20th, 2014
    by

    With the 2014 football season quickly approaching, we are proud to announce the Superior Sun will provide game coverage each […]


    Hambly announces Students of the Week

    August 19th, 2014
    by

    Leonor Hambly K-8 School has announced its Students of the Week for the week of Aug.


  • Stories Just For You

    Panthers expect to be rewarded after last season

    August 19th, 2014
    by

    Superior Sun The 2013 season was difficult for everyone associated with the Panthers football program.


    Pinal Rural Fire Rescue hosts BBQ

    August 19th, 2014
    by

    San Manuel Miner On Saturday, Aug. 16, the Pinal Rural Fire Rescue had a barbecue at their fire station in Mammoth.


    Miners enter season with new head coach

    August 19th, 2014
    by

    San Manuel Miner The San Manuel football team will enter the 2014 season under the direction of recently hired head coach David Ward.


    Doctors: truly a blessing to rural communities

    August 19th, 2014
    by

    Copper Area News Rural communities are fortunate to have the clinics and doctors as well as emergency services close at hand.


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather

  • Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin