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Wrightstown has its eyes on a conference title

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Wrightstown leads the North Eastern Conference baseball standings. (WLUK)

WRIGHTSTOWN (WLUK ) -- Last season, Wrightstown went 6-9 in the North Eastern Conference, not even factoring in the conference race.

Nonetheless, when this season started the Tigers believed they were ready to contend and more than halfway into the season they are doing just that.

The Tigers lead the NEC with a 10-2 record (Denmark is second at 9-3, while Freedom is third at 8-3) and a conference title would be their first since 2011.

"We have to make statements in this conference to show other ones that we are the ones that are going to win this," shortstop Luke Renard said.

One of the keys to Wrightstown's success is its experience. In recent seasons, the Tigers had young rosters and that's paying off now.

"We had a young team the last couple years," coach Tom Eiting said. "We have a lot of three-year players, some played as freshmen and several played as sophomores. We're still very young but that has made a difference this year.

"The groundwork was laid for this last year. We've been prepping for this group of kids for many years with the eye of conference, regional championships. state."

"I feel like we have experience from last year," Renard said. "We had a couple sophomores and a freshman on varsity last year. Now we have experience and are ready to play."

"I feel like we just have more a lot more confidence than last year," pitcher Luke Windrey said. "We feel like we're going to win every game."

Wrightstown hasn't quite won every game but has outscored its conference opponents by 60 runs, an average of five per game. The players want to make sure everybody realizes despite the success the school has had in other boys' sports like football, wrestling and basketball, baseball can have success, too.

"I think it's real important," Renard said. "Wrightstown's been a winning school for such a long time, we just have to show that we're just not a football or basketball school; that we can also play baseball."

"We know all the banners in the gym are wrestling, basketball and football," Eiting said. "These kids are confident and get more confident every day that we can add a banner."

At this pace, the Tigers just might have a banner season.

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