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Chasing the Dream

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It’s that time of year again. Time to spruce up the diamond, wipe the slate clean and play ball on a field where success isn’t measured on the scoreboard.

For the Cross Keys Varsity Baseball team, the boys are back. And so are the girls.

Playing second base, in her second season, Lina Green is a rising star.

"When she came out here and I saw her I was like alright. A little on the short side right? That’s just me, I’m a tall person. I’m like alright it’s the first thing I noticed then she threw the ball and my hand hurt," said Calan Goins, freshman.

"I like baseball. Baseball is actually pretty fun," said Lina Green, junior.

And she’s not alone. Also, on the roster is 9th grader Mitzy Solorio.

"This is her first year to even play," said Daryl Fleming, Assistant Coach.

Cross Keys is known as one of the most diverse schools in the state and the only co-ed team around.

"We have a lot of different personalities," said Mark Adams, Head Coach.

Too many personalities isn’t always a winning formula.

"I actually get along with them and everybody seems to get along," said William Stuckey Simpson, junior.

Even when things aren’t going well. Like the time when freshman Calan Goins missed a catch and got hit in the face. So for the Indians, it’s a new season, same old dream.

"Being the perennial underdog gives you the hunger to lose that tag," said Adams.   

Underdog may be an understatement. Not only has the team not won a game this year, they’re riding a 64-game losing streak.

"We’d like to see the day come when we are the favorite," said Adams.

To add insult to injury, its been 28-years since the Indians had a winning season.

Oh there is so much potential on this team," said Goins.

There is success, in the midst of failure. and after chasing the dream. It came down to the final game and a real chance for a win! Every hit, every run, is a small victory.

"There’s a lot of frustration when you don’t win, but it helps you improve," said Mitzy Solorio, freshman.

"It doesn’t matter if we lose every game for our team because we’ve been improving, working with each other and that’s what it’s all about," Green. "Enjoying what we do."

The coach couldn’t have said it better. It’s not all about winning and losing, but working together as a team to overcome adversity. You just can’t take their hearts. 

"You just can’t," said Adams. "No matter what."

And while this team may be losing games, they’re no doubt winning at life.  

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