Behind the Plate

JPII’s first district MVP looks to build on last year’s success

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Senior Michael Chambers behind the plate during his junior season.

Matt Cook, J1 Reporter

Senior Michael Chambers is coming off of a junior season in which he was the main element of a district champion ball club, as well as the first district MVP in school history.

“Last year everything kind of came together,” Chambers said. “I grew into my body and felt the best I ever had physically. The coaching staff and I both put in the amount of effort for myself to be successful, and in doing that the team was better. I feel this years team has a great chance to build upon the success we established in the last few years.”

Chambers has enjoyed his recent success, but knows this is a new year.

“What I did last year was a different season, I’m ready to build off the success,” Chambers said.

His dad, Ted Chambers, has loved watching his son become the ball player he is today.

“It’s been a lot of fun watching Michael grow as a player with his team. The boys are like a family and it’s easy to want to watch them play,” Mr. Chambers said. “ I think this could be the program’s best team yet. We have a good group of seniors and great group of young guys. The coaching staff is the most stable and strong it’s ever been. I would love to see the boys in the state championship.”

The baseball program’s new coaching staff has the entire team excited for the upcoming season. Coach Brian Gaffney, in his 11th season as head coach, has added two new members to the varsity coaching staff. New hitting and pitching coaches, Kyle Hay and Aaron Redding, know what the reigning district MVP is capable of when he’s in a uniform.

“Michael has a very special talent,” Redding said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to coach him in his senior season, as well as see him strive as the best offensive player he can be.”

Although Michael offensively was the best in the state last year, Hay said his defense is exciting to watch.

“Michael has an electric arm and just a great sense for catching,” Hay said. “He makes coaching the pitchers and catchers easier for everyone.”

The Cardinal Baseball program looks for leadership from Chambers, both on and off field,  in his final season on the team.