Baseball returns to Nebraska
Monday marked the return of baseball to the state of Nebraska. The North Platte FNBO Nationals baseball team held its first day of try-outs Monday.
"It's nice to just get out on the field," said Nationals middle infielder Carter Johnson. "I'm just glad to have a summer, it feels like summer again, playing."
"It's a great feeling, because we've dedicated pretty much our whole lives to baseball," said third basemen and pitcher Tyler Tobey, "it's a really good feeling to be on the field with our friends and competing again."
The players were unsure if they would have a season to play this year, but remained hopeful they would get to play.
"I was hoping we'd play this year, I am really excited we got the opportunity to play finally, it's senior year, don't want to miss out on a senior year," Johnson said.
Games can begin in Nebraska on June 18, and the Nationals will head to Alliance on that day for their first game of the season. Head coach Andy Butler wants to spend the next two weeks working on fundamentals, and making sure his players are in shape for the start of the season.
"It feels good to be out, but we've still got a long ways to go before we open the 18th," Butler said. "Just getting those fundamentals down, but also having healthy arms and healthy legs. We don't want to pull a muscle so early in the process, and rob these athletes of a baseball season."