Head baseball coach Jim Turner says he’s a big fan of his team’s newest invention, although he admits they got the idea from the major leagues.
“Dustin Pedroia said I can’t field I can’t throw but I can hit lasers so these guys just adopted the theme that their going to hit lasers and line drives,” Turner explained.
Dylan Stokes and Sam Joyce came up with the concept.
“We went to Lowe’s one day and got some switches and had coach Sy put up some cardboard and it is what it is today which is the laser show its going on,” Stokes explained.
Since they engineered the switches, the Vikings have gone 17-1 and racked up a perfect region record.
And like protective parents, they were a bit superstitious when we showed up with cameras to see what this was all about.
“I don’t want to turn it on because it might cause chaos,” Joyce said cautiously.
“We talked about bringing it out today,” Stokes added. We hesitantly brought it out to show to the cameras today we’d like to keep it shrouded in mystery.”
The Cincinati Reds drafted Coach Turner so he understands how these things can work. And he figures the numbers don’t lie.
“We have six guys hitting over .400,” he said.
Plus they’ve built in safegaurds.
“If we’re in a game and not hitting in a couple of innings or think we should be well we can come in cut if off and cut it back on maybe something was malfunctioned in the start the first time but we get it back going, Stokes said.
The laser paid off in the game we attended, FPD won 11-4.
Right now they sit in good position to clinch a region title.
Sam feels that the good luck charm will pay off against any team they face in the post-season.
“They just realize when we get on the field and crush the ball everywhere that the laser show has started, Joyce said with a smile.