By Joshua Bray
The Slaton Tigers, coached by Dilon Chancellor, kicked off their baseball season the last few weeks. The Tigers played a series of games, starting the season off with a 4-2 record.
“I think our team right now is building something special,” Chancellor said. “These boys have bought into the program.”
Chancellor said that the boys of the Slaton Tiger baseball team have the right frame of mind to be successful all season.
“We’re not the most talented, but we’re the hardest working, and we’re willing to go out there and scrap,” he said.
Being able to go out every game and “scrap” with any team is something that Chancellor says defines the Tigers team.
“We scrap it out. That’s who we are,” he said. “Our motto’s ‘punch in’ and that just comes from our blue-collar mentality. We punch in every day, and we go to work. We stick together, and these boys are willing to get better every day, no excuses.”
Chancellor added that this Tigers baseball team is building a culture around them that will keep them competitive with every team they play.
“It’s a mentality. It’s a culture that we built with these guys,” Chancellor said. “It’s just getting them to believe in themselves.”
Chancellor said that the team’s willingness to “scrap” with every team they play is their biggest strength and will be key in leading them to the goal they set for themselves for this season, a District Championship.
At the start of the season, the Tigers, as a team, decided that they would set their sights on winning the District Championship, Chancellor said.
That said, they need to work some areas.
“We’ve got to get our defense right,” Chancellor said. “We’ve been limited in practice due to weather. Our pitching has done an exceptional job for us, and we just came off a good weekend tournament.”
The Tigers look to earn more wins in their Thursday (March 5) games against Lamesa and Perryton.