Boynton enters playoffs on 34-game win streak
The Boynton Middle School baseball team hasn’t lost a game in years. The team is currently riding a 34-game winning streak which dates back to the 2012 season. Playing in the Tri-County league, the club has won the last two Division IV titles and is seeking a third straight this June.
Head coach Dutch Stauffeneker is in his second year as the team’s skipper, and he knows that middle school baseball is a big step for the young men on his team.
“The players are more aware of the winning streak than I am. Middle school is a huge step for these kids and I am focused on getting them ready for high school ball,” said Stauffeneker.
There are eight teams in Division IV, six of which make playoffs. Because of the team’s winning streak, Boynton has enjoyed a first round bye the past three seasons coupled with home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
“This team pays attention to the small details. Knowing what to do before the ball is hit, hitting cutoff men, getting a good jump to steal bases, these are all things that separate us from other teams,” said Stauffeneker.
Stauffeneker likes to schedule a few extra games to add on to the teams 10-game regular season schedule. The extra games are usually played against opponents from other divisions that the team does not play regularly.
“This team has pride and they are all students of the game. They go home and watch ESPN and pick up on things that I don’t even coach at this level,” Stauffeneker said. “I always tell [the team] that they should expect every ball to be hit to them; that way they know what to do when the ball is hit. This team is always ready to play.”
Stauffeneker is an experienced coach that knows that buttons to press with his players.
“I preach to the kids during practice about Coach Rines’ expectations at the next level,” said Stauffeneker.
Kevin Rines is the Mascenic varsity baseball coach that receives Boynton graduates.
“I always tell them, if you think Coach Rines is going to put up with that, you have another thing coming,” laughed Stauffeneker.
Although Stauffeneker is an experienced coach, he knows that he is lucky to have a group of talented players on his team.
“For the past few years we have had good leaders on the team. The kids are focused and motivated, they come in and work hard everyday. I’ve been spoiled with a lot of good talent.”
Boynton will host Epping on Friday as they begin their quest for a three-peat.
Dylan Fisher can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235, or email@example.com.