Lake Creek has been building its program over the past few years, and coach Jeremy Schramm feels like this season could be the Lions’ breakout campaign.
Lake Creek was 6-5 overall when the 2020 season was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. With plenty of talent and senior leadership back in the fold, the Lions’ goals are lofty for the new year.
“Right now, there’s a lot of energy at practice,” Schramm said. “These kids are working hard each day. They don’t take anything for granted, especially these seniors. They’ve been leading us, on and off the field, each day. We’re just excited to be back out here and get some work in.”
Lake Creek has not yet secured its first playoff berth, but the Lions have that goal on their 2021 checklist.
“We’re looking forward to this year because we are blessed with a lot of talent, and we have a lot of varsity experience,” Schramm said. “With that combination, we are looking to take a step forward in terms of trying to get in the postseason.”
Lake Creek’s returning players include a pair of Division I signees. John Spikerman, a three-year letterman and first-team all-district selection at as a sophomore, is headed to Oklahoma and will hold down the shortstop position for the Lions.
Ty Sexton, a senior pitcher headed to Texas A&M, is a 6-foot-6 right-hander who will be as the team’s ace.
Senior Joe Ferraro will be counted on as a pitcher and in the outfield. He is also a three-year starter and was a first-team all-district selection as a sophomore.
Schramm is also looking for big contributions from senior third baseman/pitcher Jagger Neely, senior outfielder/catcher Carson Tipton, senior outfielder/pitcher Bryce Jones and senior pitcher Cole Lingerfelt. That core of veteran players will be instrumental in the Lions’ success.
“It’s a tight-knit group of seniors that stay together,” Schramm said. “They lead and they welcome in the underclassmen, too. We will have underclassmen that will play big roles for us this year, and these seniors realize it. They want to win. They understand what their roles are, and they’re just looking forward to having a season.”
Lake Creek will be competing in District 20-5A this season. Caney Creek, Kingwood Park, Lake Creek, Montgomery and New Caney are familiar foes, while Cleveland and Dayton are new ones.
“I feel like our district is a very well-coached district,” Schramm said. “Each team, on any given night, can win a ballgame. I feel like the district is loaded with pitching this year, so we’re going to have to match pitch for pitch. But we’re also going to have to play defense and get timely hitting if we want to be successful.”