Roosevelt Roughriders Use Big Bats and Grit To Get to their 4th State Baseball Tournament

By Jon Schaeffer | jschaeffer@weareiowa.com

Published 07/25 2016 09:58PM

Updated 07/25 2016 10:17PM

"Our bats are coming together and we're just piling up runs and runs and just beating amazing teams,” said Senior Harley Davidson.

 The Roosevelt Roughriders have terrorized 4A baseball teams with the mentality of putting the ball on the ground.

"Just make teams field the baseball and if you do that, good things will happen," said Chris Miller, Roosevelt’s Head Coach.

Sure enough, it's paying off. In Chris Miller's second season as head coach, his Roughriders have the most hits of any team in the state, 414.

They've had 11 games where they've scored double digit runs. Their most recent, a 10-1 win over Southeast Polk to go to state.

Senior 2B, Zach Lin says, "We've been waiting for a moment like this for a long time and I think we deserved it so once the game was over there were a lot of emotions."

The 29-10 record Roosevelt had this regular season was a big improvement on their 19-21 record in Miller's first season coaching the Roughriders.

"It was his first year we didn’t really know what was happening but beginning in preseason and training he just brought toughness and made us think of what we had to do," said Senior Tre Stanton.

That toughness developed through one word, grit.

"The grit, they call it greatness requires intense training. That's coach miller's motto."

It's helped these rough riders buy in-- and send them to Principal Park.

"We're super excited to be there and play at Principal Park and be in that environment around all of that stuff."

"It's gonna be a live crowd, it's gonna be loud and fantastic and i can't wait to be there."

And these riders plan to make even more noise into the weekend.

"Metro schools aren't just gonna lay down and stomp on us."

"We can keep up with all of these teams at state so we're not really an underdog."

"We know how we can play and we know who we have to play so we're ready and we think we can win state and we can go all the way."

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