On the day following the school’s first sectional title in baseball, Greenwood Christian Academy coach Doug Hagist recalled for a visitor what things were like when the program began three seasons ago.
Sometimes life on the Greenwood Christian diamond wasn’t pretty in those days, but the learning curve has been short.
“As you’re trying to build, it’s understood that you’re going to take some beat-downs,” Hagist recalled. “What we did is take those games and show the kids ‘That’s where we need to be.’ We used what the teams did against and said ‘We’ll get there. Don’t lose heart.’ I kept telling those kids, ‘Maybe next year, maybe five or seven years, even though you’re getting your teeth kicked in, you’ll take pride in having helped start this program.’