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While there are those surprised with how the Grant County High School baseball team has fared this season, Van Duncan is not one of them.
Duncan, who is in his first season as coach, inherited a team that won 12 games last season. However, he did not let previous seasons dictate his expectationssetting goals of 20 wins and contending for a district championship this season.
Thus far, his team has lived up to their coachs expectations, amassing a 16-5 record at press time, including victories over 32nd district opponents Walton-Verona, Williamstown and Simon Kenton, along with 8th Region power Henry County.
"I am not too surprised. I expected us to have a good season, and I knew the talent I had. The kids have done everything that we, as coaches, have asked of them, and we are headed in the right direction. I am pleased and excited about where we are headed. We have had some luck and the players have responded," Duncan said.
Despite losing 5-0 to Harrison County in their last game on May 6, Duncan says his team has played well, but acknowledges, "there is plenty of work left to do."
That work included resting the arms of several pitchers, Duncan said.
"We needed some rest and had some tired arms. Hopefully, our break will help, and we are looking it as a positive," Duncan said.
With three regular season games remaining, Duncan has high hopes for his team.
"We have exceeded other's expectations, but not our own. I want our kids believing they will win every time they take the field," Duncan said.
On Tuesday, the Braves hosted Ryle and on Thursday, Grant County travels to Owen County. Grant County closes out the regular season at 6 p.m. on May 16 against Calvary Christian.