Inching closer

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Alex St. Gelais connects with the ball for an easy double in his first at bat of the night. The 14 year old is excited to have a team to play on this year. 
Phillip Harnden
“The past is passed. If we just have fun and play ball, everything will fall into place.” -- coach Allen Jennings
Better to wish you didn’t than to wish you would have. Go down swinging,” coach Allen Jennings starts his pre-game speech to the Vipers at Tuesday’s game against A’s at Casper’s Washington Park.
The fourteen year old Alex St. Gelais listens intently as the coach continues.
“The past is passed. If we just have fun and play ball, everything will fall into place.”
For St. Gelais, having fun playing baseball is an easy task. He truly loves the game.
“I haven’t been able to play for the last two or three years because travelling to Casper wasn’t something I could do. I am excited there is a team in Glenrock again.”
St. Gelais played first base during Tuesday’s game and likes the position. 
At his first time at bat he drove a ball past the infielders to land a double. St. Gelais stole third and prepared to score.
That trip across the plat, however, would not happen this inning as it ended with him on third.
The Vipers are still looking for the synergy that a team needs to grab that first win.
St. Gelais knows what the team’s weakness is and says they are working hard to find the confidence to recover mentally from errors.
“We are trying to not let mistakes snowball, as the coach says. We need to stop and slow down if we have an error,” St. Gelais said.
This mirrored coaches sentiment before and during the game.
Pitcher Bryston Jennings knows what it means to pull yourself up after a bad play.
Bryston brought an end to the top of the second inning from the mound as the bases were loaded and count full; he had a simple and stressful pitch to make.
If he threw a ball the batter would walk and push a run. The pressure was on and he pulled off that third strike at the most important pitch of the inning. 
The game ended Tuesday after a close fight with the A’s 10-7. The Vipers come home this week with six straight games at the newly re-done Glenrock High School field. 
The next game will be June 13 at the GHS field at 7:45 p.m.


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