BOLINGBROOK – The high school summer baseball is a time for players to work on skills and for coaches to evaluate talent ahead of the spring season.
For Bolingbrook, this summer was also a chance for players to get reacquainted with their new head coach.
That's because Scott Thyer took over head coaching duties when the summer started. Thyer, the former sophomore level coach for the Raiders, inherits the reigns from Chris Malinoski, whose resignation became official at the school board meeting on July 14.
"Chris did a heck of a job," Thyer said. "One thing you always want to do as a coach or teacher is you want to leave things better than you found them. His work on the field, his work with our players and his work in the community, he did a good job all the way around. I can't say enough about him and we're going to continue the tradition."
The summer season allowed Thyer the opportunity to reunite with players like Lovell Chandler and DeMarco Mong, incoming seniors who played for Thyer at the sophomore level.
"The senior group we have coming back, I've worked with all those boys and I have great relationships with them," the coach said. "I look forward to working with them again. It's nice to come back into that role."
As far as on the field, Thyer's goals over the summer were similar to that of most coaches – give kids plenty of playing time, evaluate strengths and weaknesses, and build momentum for next spring.
"We want guys to give full effort, energy and enthusiasm on every pitch of every game," Thyer said. "It starts in the summer getting that mentality going and you hope it carries over to the spring season."
Bolingbrook's summer team featured players who will be seniors, juniors and sophomores all playing on the same team.
"We had them all together and kind of got to see the players coming up," Thyer said. "It gave us a chance to see the young guys we haven't seen yet and put them in roles to see what their capabilities are. It gave the younger guys an opportunity to play against older guys."
Players won't officially don Bolingbrook black and red until next spring, but they will take the field on Aug. 23 as part of the program's annual fall preview.
The fall preview starts at 10 a.m. on the varsity field at BHS. The day will feature a scrimmage between Lukanic and Brooks Middle Schools, a lunch and meet-and-greet with BHS players at noon, and a free defensive clinic for players of all ages at 1 p.m. There will also be individual position workouts for pitchers, catchers, infielders and outfielders. No registration is required.