Opinion: House is leading THS baseball in positive direction

Mar. 12, 2014 @ 10:45 AM

Baseball at Thomasville High School has a long road to travel in becoming a stable and consistent force on the diamond. If first-year head coach David House can stick around for the duration, they might just get there.
The Bulldogs took a step in the right direction Monday, defeating Atkins 15-5 in five innings. While it may not be a win of great significance, it is important to House as he tries to build a program that has been stuck in the cellar for years.
What House brings to the table is a fiery passion for the game. A member of the 1999 state championship baseball team at East Davidson, he knows what it takes to win. There might not be a more intense coach in the area than House. He brings it every night and the players feed off of it.
While serving as an assistant wrestling coach under his father Bobby at Ledford High School, David was a motivator and it showed. He would take his normal seat at the end of the bench near the crowd, stomping his feet and clapping his hands to get everyone fired up.
Now he wants the Chair City to get fired up about Thomasville baseball. In time, I believe he will.
This transformation is certainly not going to happen overnight. But with each small step he hopes the program will show gradual success. House has started with the basics. Getting the players to hustle on and off the field and running out plays, even if it is a sure out.
With no current junior varsity program, the kids have not been given the kind of instruction they need to compete at a high level on varsity. While other teams simply reload with players coming up through the system, Thomasville must use practice time to teach fundamentals and strategy.
During Monday's win, you could certainly tell some pieces are beginning to fall in place. Other than some early troubles with pitching, the Bulldogs looked sharp. They fielded the ball cleanly, made solid throws and made contact to put pressure on the defense.
Are they going to contend for a Central Carolina Conference championship? Probably not. Are they going to surprise a few opponents? I firmly believe it.
If pitching can hold up, there are going to be some winnable games for the Bulldogs. At the end of the season, the record may not look all that impressive. Do not be misled. This team is improving and if the excitement can stick, next year will be even better than this one.

Sports Editor Zach Kepley can be reached at 888-3631, or kepley@tvilletimes.com.