For the first time since the late seventies organized high school baseball is back in the town of Ray.
Ray High School superintendent Ben Schafer has resurrected a program that's been lost in the sands of time and brought American's pastime back to the school for the first time in almost 40 years.
Like most programs that are starting anew there have been plenty of growing pains for the Ray Jays. including a severe lack of experience and depth. Bearing just two seniors in the ball club, Coach Schafer has to start with the basics to catch the players up on what they may have missed in those developmental years..
(Ben Schafer/ Head Coach)"We have kids that have never played baseball, ever. Eighteen year old kids that have never been involved in organized baseball. Some of the little things, like leading off. Things you think kids would know we've had to teach. They've done a great job of learning...They've gotten a lot better since the beginning of the year."
(Haley Hodenfield/ Senior Outfielder) " i know we haven't had the best season but it's our year to improve and learn new things. So I think over the year we'll get better because we'll have more experience. We've definitely a huge jump since the beginning of the season."
(Garrett Hodenfield/ Freshman Pitcher) "I was very excited that we started [the program] it's something I can now enjoy for four years."
Since their 3 and 9 start they've won 3 of their last seven games--putting them at 6 and 13 on the year.