Legion Ball: Washburn focuses on fundamentals


This year’s Legion baseball season is a little shorter, which means there is less time for mistakes. And over in Washburn, the coaching staff is emphasizing the fundamentals to give their team an edge in close games.

At this point in time for Washburn legion baseball, head coach dirk Hausauer says the positives are easy to see.

“We’ve hit the ball really well, every game. First game of the year we had 14 hits. We have a couple all region players, one all-stater, and those kids are leaders for us.”

But Hausauer also knows there are always areas that can be improved.

“We’re playing .500 ball but we’re making mental mistakes that even this early in the season I don’t think we should be making. Physical mistakes are a part of the game and they’re always gonna be there. But you can limit the mental mistakes and that’s what we’re looking to do now, because we have a pretty good group of kids. We have an experienced group of kids.”

So at practices, Hausauer is emphasizing the fundamentals, the little things that make a big difference.

“We basically take everything as it comes, things we feel we need to work on, and we just break it down to the smallest components we can, and then rebuild it.”

Hausauer says those fundamentals can be especially helpful when it comes to potentially winning the southwest division.

“I expect the conference to be very balanced, and it’s going to come down to who makes the least amount of mistakes as we go forward and getting to the regional tournament.”

Washburn’s next game is Wednesday at home against Dickinson.

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