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March 27, 2013

Repeat the fun?

Georgetown coach prefers smiles over championships

A varsity baseball coach starting his sophomore season is under enough pressure as it is.

Georgetown baseball coach Justin Spurr also must deal with repeating the Division 4 state championship his team won during his first season as head coach. However, Spurr says he’s not feeling the heat at all.

“I don’t really feel the pressure to do anything,” said Spurr. “My whole feeling is just to let the kids have fun. If we win, great.”

If that seems like a laissez-faire attitude to some, it’s not when it comes to Georgetown baseball. The Royals made it to the tournament on a 9-11 record last year before winning it all five games later. They nearly accomplished the same feat a year earlier when they lost in the championship game. But hardware is not why Spurr, a Georgetown alumnus, is in the coaching business.

“I don’t base success on championships,” said Spurr. “I base success on: Did the kids have fun? Did they learn? Did they play hard? And that’s it.”

The Royals certainly had fun last year behind the pitching of 2012 graduate Ryan Browner. Georgetown is a small place, and Royals baseball has become an understandably big deal since.

“Everyone is just waiting to see us,” said Spurr. “Everybody in town really wants to know when the games are going to be. And the youth programs are doing really well.”

But can they deliver the goods?

“Yeah,” said senior co-captain and second baseman C.J. Ingraham. “I think we can give (the fans) what they’re looking for.”

Georgetown will be fielding 13 returning champions this season with six seniors taking the field. Pitching depth looks to be the team’s strength with four right arms returning: juniors Pat Slack and Colby Ingraham, and seniors Jeff Moore and Dave Ingraham.

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