Multiple Teams · New Life Academy Baseball: Eagles open sections in style (Woodbury Bulletin)

Eagles baseball coach Dave Darr insists his team hasn’t put too much pressure on itself at this point in the season.

“We really are just focused on going out there and having fun,” Darr said. “We tell them to go out there and control their attitude and their effort. We know if we do that and somebody is better than us there’s nothing wrong with that.”
It’s much easier to live by that cliche when the team is playing like it did last week.

New Life Academy opened the Class 2A, Section 4 playoffs with convincing wins over Minneapolis Patrick Henry and Concordia Academy, scoring 32 runs over the course of the two games.

It played St. Paul Academy on Tuesday night.

The Eagles earned a 16-0 win over Minneapolis Patrick Henry and a 16-3 win over Concordia Academy.

“We are really barreling the ball pretty well right now,” Darr said. “We are hitting it hard. That’s what we ask for out of the guys. And that’s a good sign for us. We scored 32 runs in two games. That means we’re getting base runners on base.”

Led by pitching dominant pitching staff throughout the season, New Life Academy started to find its groove at the plate in the final games of the regular season.

That’s spilled over into the postseason, Darr said.

“We are playing with a lot of confidence right now,” he said. “You can tell by the way guys have been approaching the plate.”

Darr said as the competition in the postseason revs up, he wants to make sure his guys are still having fun.

“We are loose right now,” he said. “The kids are having a really good time. And that’s important. That said, there’s still a lot of focus when we’re out there. We need to make sure we continue to strike that balance.”

And while Darr is focused on his kids having fun, he admitted the team’s ultimate goal remains the same.

“We have been very blessed over the last few years,” he said. “You can’t always win. We would love to and it’s still our goal.”