GV Baseball: What are they doing to be even better according to Captain Jack Steidl?

Aiden Renstrom hitting with head coach Adrian Rios.
Aiden Renstrom hitting with head coach Adrian Rios.
Sophia Walker

GV Baseball: What are they doing to be even better according to Captain Jack Steidl?

The 2022-2023 season for Golden Valley Baseball was a monumental year, having one of their best records of all time. But how will they follow up that season with the upcoming 2023-2024 season? What are their next moves and what are they doing to prepare?

Great photo of Jack Steidl focused and doing his best to succeed. (Sophia Walker)

In the 2022-2023 season, the Golden Valley baseball team had one of their best seasons of all time. MaxPreps shows that the GV baseball team ended their season with a record of 14 wins and 14 losses but missed the playoffs by just a few spots. It was the first time they had a win percentage of at least 50%, according to MaxPreps, since their 2010-2011 season, where they had a record of 13 wins, and 12 losses leaving them with a 52% win percentage.

Jack Steidl, one of the captains of the baseball team, when asked what his thoughts were on the previous season, he confidently said, “I was very pleased with it, we set a record that only a few Golden Valley baseball teams have done, and I felt very happy about it.”

Varsity baseball working together and practicing for their upcoming season. (Sophia Walker)

However, Jack did have some concerns with last season, he stated, “Something negative I have to say about last season was the separation of classes between the seniors and the younger guys, and I think that is kind of what separates us from being a good team to a great team.” Last season, the baseball team consisted of 8 seniors, and when there is a division of a team of that many people, it is understandable how it can limit a team’s full potential.

Jack did have some positive things to say, stating,“The team camaraderie when we [the baseball team] were in games, when it all came down to those really intense moments we were having each other’s backs and just having a great time.”

When asked about the main goals for the team, Jack exclaimed, “Really working on those little things, in baseball it is really those little mistakes that can cause a win to a loss.”

He is very supportive of the idea that being a closer team is going to help with these goals, he elaborated, “We weren’t the closest with the seniors last year, so I think all of us we’ve grown up being really good friends so just that team camaraderie is what is really going to push us over the top this year.”

A group photo of the baseball team on November 2nd communicating with their coach. (Sophia Walker )

Jack was asked about his faith and expectations to which he responded with, “I expect us to do just as good as last year and if not better and hopefully to make the playoffs for the first time for baseball in Golden Valley history… I definitely have to have a lot of faith, you have to because if you don’t believe your expectations are going to come true, then how can they even become a reality.”

According to MaxPreps the Golden Valley Grizzlies are slated to begin their spring season on Sunday, February 2nd in a home game against Oxnard. Being only four months away, they have a lot of work to do.

The way that Jack is trying to get the players ready is just by trying to keep them motivated, he says, “…some of these drills that we’re doing are kind of grueling and it can be a lot and very overwhelming so really just trying to keep the energy light and fun and keeping the players happy to play baseball is my main way of motivation.”

Bryce Gayles going for the ball to excel in his talent further. (Sophia Walker)

With the baseball season starting soon in early February [4 months away] the baseball team surely has a lot to do, but can’t do so without support. The Baseball team is always grateful for its fans and always enjoys it when there is a lot of support in the bleachers, as Jack expresses, “If any of you are available during the spring season, please come out to some games, the cheering definitely helps and it definitely motivates us to do better.”

About the Contributors
Kenan Mansilla
Kenan Mansilla, Staff Writer
Kenan is a staff writer on the Sports News Team for the Grizzly Gazette and a 12th grader at Golden Valley High School in Santa Clarita, California.  He is currently involved with the school’s baseball team and has played for all four years of high school.  Kenan has been a CSF member since freshman year and intends to do so again for senior year.  Kenan has been surrounded by sports his entire life, so he is very enthusiastic about being able to do more with sports by being able to cover them in the school paper.  In his free time he spends time playing baseball and watching sports.  His favorite baseball team is the Los Angeles Dodgers and his favorite football team is the Philadelphia Eagles, with his favorite baseball player being Nolan Arenado.  He also enjoys being outdoors by doing things like camping and fishing.  Kenan looks forward to this year of journalism because he wants to learn about new ways to write and express things abroad.  
Sophia Walker
Sophia Walker, Staff Writer
Sophia Walker is a Staff Writer  for the Sports New Team on the Grizzly Gazette and she is in her last year of highschool. She's very passionate about writing about campus activities, student spotlight stories and community issues because she wants to be involved with everything that is happening and to be able to share what needs to be shared which is very important to her. Being a part of the Grizzly Gazette to her is extremely important because there is so much that is going on and all people need to be educated with everything in the world and our community which is very diverse and different. She loves journaling, writing their thoughts and making poems with what happens to make her feel better and researching common things going on to learn more. She also loves helping people and leading them in any way she can, she strives to help and understand anyone. She has had many hobbies including hockey, dance, tennis, volleyball, and acting. Eventually I would love to be a therapist or counselor for families, relationships, and or with any people in need of help or support.