Cathedral senior aims to keep team bonded through positivity
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017
This might be the first season for Landon Havard to start for the Cathedral High School Green Wave, but the memories he has already made will certainly stick with him for quite some time.
The senior first baseman is a part of a six-member graduating baseball class who has posted a 8-7 record so far this season.
“It means everything to play,” Havard said. “It really is a camaraderie and a brotherhood. It’s about winning, but it’s also about having fun. I just like the sport. Playing it just makes me happy.”
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Havard hasn’t taken his role as a senior lightly, either. He said CHS coach Craig Beesley has taught him to constantly boost his team into high-spirits.
“I always like to smile,” Havard said. “I feel like it’s my job to keep everyone together. (Beesley) can only go so far. There are just some things you want to hear from a player because they’ve been through it.”
Havard’s especially upbeat attitude came especially in handy after Cathedral fell to Vidalia in extra innings last Saturday, 7-6.
In the loss, Havard blasted a two-run home run over the left fence to regain the lead for the Green Wave in the fifth inning.
“He’s going to give you everything he’s got,” Beesley said. “He’s got some power at the plate, and he works hard.”
“I don’t look for home runs,” Havard added about the hit. “I look for base hits because I really want to help the team out. It’s just in my personality.”
Alongside Havard in the senior squad this year is Craig Bradley, Daniel Garrity, Jae Eidt, Zach Flattmann and Robert Hargrave.
“I’ve been playing with most of them for a while,” Havard said. “I’m definitely going to remember being together with everybody.”
Havard said that when this season does come to an end, he hopes he can take the lessons he has learned through baseball wherever he goes next.
“You can apply baseball to anything,” he said. “I want to keep everybody up throughout life.”