The Gold Standard
Fort Knox, KY | May 4, 2017
One of the disadvantages for coaches at Fort Knox High School is the inability to fully build upon the previous year because of military Families’ have frequent moves.
This year the Eagles’ baseball team only had six players return from last year’s team.
If an individual were to look at the FKHS baseball team’s record of 3-12 it would seem the team hasn’t had that much success on the field. But head coach Sam Wilson would disagree because his team has used the last week to build upon the next game. And that worked when the Eagles defeated the Fort Campbell Falcons Saturday in an away game 14-7 to be named winners of the Army Baseball World Series.
Wilson said the turning point was April 24 when FKHS played against John Hardin High School.
“My guys came together and played baseball,” he said about the game. “We were leading 11-6 and John came back and won. We ran out of pitchers.”
On April 27 the team played against North Hardin High School, the top team in District 17, and the Trojans won the game 4-2.
Wilson pointed out that during those two games the players began to understand that they had to play as a team. He said that sometimes it takes a while for players to have this understanding, especially if there are a lot of new faces from the previous year.
He added that the win Saturday resulted from the building upon previous losses.
Wilson said that schools off post have an opportunity that Fort Knox doesn’t have—building from year to year.
“(Our team) is learning how to play together,” he said. “(Other teams) have been playing together for years. (The players) are learning one another and (beginning to have) trust in their abilities.”
As the team plays its final seven games, Wilson said he’s gearing toward playing in a district game after the season ends and trying to put the team in a place where they are successful. He said he believes they will play JHHS and this time he said, “They will be ready for those guys.”
Wilson added that the return of Zane Zarazee, one of
his best players, will be helpful for the team. Zarazee is recovering from shoulder surgery.
Even though it’s been an up and down season, Wilson said the players’ confidence is increasing after each game.