In his 13th year coaching the St. David Tigers’ baseball team, Coach Ron Goodman is excited about the 2020 season and the ‘great group of athletes’ he is coaching.
“It is a pleasure to coach these young men; they work hard at practices and in games and are eager to learn,” Coach Goodman said. “They get better with every practice, with every game.” The future looks even brighter for Coach Goodman with only two of his twenty-one baseball players graduating (Skylar Merrill and Jimmy DeLaCruz).
To date the Tigers are 3-1 in regular season play. They started their season with a solid 11-1 (5th inning 10-run rule) home field victory over the visiting Duncan Wildkats. Although their trip to Tombstone was not what they had hoped for, falling to the Yellow Jackets 2-5, the Tigers quickly rebounded with a home victory over the Hayden Lobos 4-2, and a 6-1 victory over the Willcox Cowboys at Willcox.
The Bisbee Baseball Tournament gave coach Goodman the opportunity to give all of his 21 baseball players playing time. Although they finished the tournament 0-5, Coach Goodman was pleased to give all twenty-one athletes the offensive and defensive opportunities to improve their early season skills. Scores for the tournament were: St. David 2 — Bisbee 11, St. David 1 — Benson 2, St. David 2 — Bisbee 12, St. David 5 — Willcox 7, and St. David 6 — Willcox 7.
Coach Goodman is assisted by Coaches Beck Mayberry and Braden Davis. “I would be nothing without them,” Goodman said.
In her fifth year as the varsity coach for the St. David Tigers softball team, Coach Deana Donovan knows both sides of the game — as both a coach and former player.
“The quality of a coach comes from respect,” Coach Donovan said. “The respect that the players have for their coach but also the respect that the coaches have for their players. Both are very important for a positive playing experience.”
This is what Coach Donovan sees in her sixteen Tiger players and their coaches, mutual respect. “Our five seniors know us as coaches and understand our coaching while our younger athletes are working hard to learn what is expected of them as members of our team,” Coach Donovan said. “We work to be positive, have faith in our players, and continually work to improve.”
To date, the Tigers have posted a 2-2 record. In their first outing they traveled to Duncan to take on the Wildkats, winning by the 10-run rule at the end of the 5th inning 22-3. Again on the road, the Tigers traveled to Tombstone where they took on the Yellow Jackets. Done 9-0 early in the game, the Tigers stayed strong to hold the Jackets and, after scoring 19 runs, defeated the Jackets (also by the 10 run rule) 19-9. The Hayden Lobos proved to be too much for the Tigers as they defeated them at St. David 19-9. In their final pre-Spring Break competition, the Tigers traveled to Willcox. Playing through difficult weather conditions where the strong rains occasionally halted the game, the Tigers were unable to defeat the home team Cowgirls, falling 13-12.
Coach Donovan is assisted by coaches Dona Lee, Amber Gill, and Amorette Kartchner. Captains for the Tigers are seniors Laur’l Flake, Jaylin Richardson, and Kyra Richardson.
“I’m excited about this season,” Captain Kyra Richardson said. “We have a good team with a lot of talent that can be developed. I know we can go far if we work together and build on what we had last year. We also have a full bench which makes us a well-rounded team.”
Captain Laur’l Flake added, “I believe we have great players and awesome coaches. We take in what we learn at practices and show it on the field during games. We always come together as a team to work hard in practices and in games.”