WPHS Panther Baseball Team Shows Growth and Dominance

The Woodland Park High School (WPHS) Panther baseball team has had some eventful games, playing two games against La Junta.

Tigers and Sierra. Despite losing both games against La Junta, the team gained valuable experience and learned a lot from the challenge of facing a playoff team.

The WPHS team is a combination of youth and experience this year, and their performance on the field demonstrated their growth and potential.

In the first game against La Junta, the Panther offense was led by senior Tanner

McAfee and freshmen Gavin Strouse and Link Bryden. The team showed impressive offensive production and competed hard against a potent offense from La Junta. The pitching was a combined effort from seniors Ethan Horton and Tanner McAfee, junior

Ian Newsham, and sophomore Marshall McAfee, who all worked hard to keep the game close.


In their next game against Sierra, the Panther baseball team dominated their opponents, winning 12-0. The team utilized a combination of efficient pitching and opportunistic base running to secure the victory. Freshman Link Bryden and sophomore Marshall McAfee combined for the 5-inning shutout, throwing 67 pitches, striking out 10 batters, and not allowing any walks.

Offensively, the Panthers used plate discipline to get on base and create scoring opportunities, with junior Ian Newsham and freshman Gavin Strouse leading the charge with 2 hits each. Seniors Ethan Horton and Tanner McAfee also made significant contributions, getting on base a combined 7 times and scoring 7 runs.

Head Coach Chris Becker expressed his satisfaction with the team’s growth and performance. “We’re seeing a lot of improvement in the team, and it’s evident in the way they’re playing. They’re working hard and learning from their mistakes, and it’s starting to show on the field. We’re excited to see what they can accomplish in the upcoming games.”

The WPHS Panther baseball team will continue to work hard in the coming weeks, and they are eager to continue their growth and dominance on the field.

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