Baseball Hope to Reach the Postseason


Debanny Cerda, Former Writer

Baseball culture has changed over the years at Porter. Being one of the most successful athletic programs time after time, it has proven itself. The season was cut short due to COVID last year, but no one will forget the 2019 season. Your Spartans made a huge impact on the community and put Porter on the map. The boys went three rounds deep in the playoffs but, unfortunately, lost to Georgetown in a crazy nail-biting 14 inning game. 

“The 2021 Porter Spartans take the field this year with desire, passion, and enthusiasm,” Head Coach Wayne Ralph said. “We have lost some key players and leaders from last year’s squad but have eager players ready to prove themselves and fill those roles. This year’s team has a lot of talented athletes, which will make us competitive every time we take the field.”

With a solid group of returning players, it will be a great season and may even be on the road to state. Key players who will contribute to the season are Conner Westenburg, Seth Sherlock, Jake Tatom, and Zane Adams. According to Coach Ralph, every member of the squad will play a vital role this season. With young talent, and with a lot of returning players with varsity experience, it will definitely be a season to remember.

Westenburg announced his commitment to play Division 1 baseball at McNeese State University this past summer. In his sophomore and junior season, he had 1 total error in the outfield and has been named the Porter Baseball Defensive Player of the year twice. Make sure to keep an eye out for him in the outfield. 

Another player, behind the plate, will be catcher Seth Sherlock. He announced his commitment to Alvin Community College this summer as well. He has been on the varsity team as a catcher for Porter since his freshman season. While it may be his last season as a Spartan, he will definitely be someone to keep an eye out for.

Next, we have junior Jake Tatom. He made his first-ever appearance during the playoffs in the 2019 season for Zane Russell as a shortstop. We didn’t get to see much of Tatom last season, due to COVID. However, he announced his commitment to play Division 1 baseball at Sam Houston University, where previous teammate Coltin Atkinson is currently. 

Lastly, Sophomore Zane Adams will be making his appearance this season. As the only freshman joining the team last season, he’s definitely been putting in the work. The pitcher verbally committed to the University of Alabama. As his freshman season was cut short, we’ll be able to watch the Alabama commit grow. 

The seniors have been leading by example in the offseason. They are always trying to be better and find room for improvement in every area to be the best in their ability.

“They want to leave their legacy in the program like teams in the past have,” Coach Ralph said. 

Coach Ralph is definitely excited for the start of the season. He tries to focus on the players and the program to try and create an environment where they can grow as individuals and most importantly as a team. With a new district, it will be challenging but they are ready to prepare and compete for every game. Your Porter Spartans will be taking on West Side High School at their very own Spartan Yard on March 2nd to kick off the start of the season. This will also be the first home game. The boys are eager to finally get the ball rolling, so make sure to come out and support them as they make history this season.