Every Summer around towns big and small, you can hear the pings of the bats, and the slaps of the gloves on T-ball fields all the way up to beautiful stadiums such as David Allen Memorial Ballpark here in Enid. David Allen is the home of several outstanding teams, but most importantly for Enid High School, the home of the Enid High Blue and White baseball teams.
Approximately 6 years ago, EHS head coach Brad Gore found it important to form summer baseball teams that would focus on Enid High getting better as a team, in order to help develop the program from the bottom up. Because of this, current Enid High baseball players are encouraged to play on the EHS only Blue or White teams. Occasionally star EHS players will play on the Enid Majors team, which has players from all over, but this year because of the relative youth of the current crop of players, Enid Majors is without an EHS player. They do have five recent Plainsmen graduates, however.
As for this year’s teams, Coach Brad Gore says, “The Blue team only has two upcoming Seniors, so we are pretty young. I thought it would allow us to learn a lot as a team while playing good opponents. We have a few returning players from last year, headlined by one of our better pitchers, Jake Kennedy, who was the #2 pitcher for us during the high school season. Unfortunately, he’s been battling an injury, so we hope to get him back next week. (Editors note: interview 6/11/21). We just have a bunch of good players, with good attitudes, and I am excited to see how they turn out.” As for the strength of the Blue team this year, Coach Gore says he is “happy with the team speed and defense, and the pitching is starting to develop.”
As for the White team, it is usually made up of the younger and more inexperienced players, however, Coach Gore says not to count them out. “We often have players from the white team step it up and develop over the summer and fall and end up helping the varsity team out in the Spring. You just never know who is going to put in the work and develop over the year.”
If you are a fan of baseball, or of Enid High, go check out an EHS Blue or White game anytime they are playing at David Allen this summer.
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