Ironically, the SAGU baseball team felt pretty good when their sub-par season ended in April.
The Lions expect to return four starting pictures and three relievers from last year's pitching staff that finished third in their division.
SAGU also expects to have six of nine starting players back in the field when the season opens in February 2008.
Thus the key was to get those players returned to their healthy state, which won 20 games two years ago.
And then add some key players around this core that is already in place. Josh Black from Ontario, Canada, is one of those additions.
Since the snow has recently thawed in the Ontario, their high school season starts later than the traditional Texas baseball season.
Thus far, Black has posted a 3-0 record, a 0.58 ERA and 16 strikeouts in over 12 innings of work.
Black earned the title of MVP of the Meadowvale Secondary School and has traveled with an elite team for the past three years that is based out of Toronto.
The traveling squad plays teams from around the United States including the University of Virginia, Kent State and Troy University.
In 2003, Josh was part of the Ontario team that was the province championship.
Black will join a strong recruiting class that already includes Josiah Hensley (Missouri, SS/P), Cam Ward (Fort Worth, P/1B), Kyle Ball (Oklahoma, IF/P), and Derek Brewer (Denton, OF/P).
Head Coach Greg Hayes said that he felt like getting healthy was the top priority this off-season, which was followed closely by surrounding his core players with young talent.
Of the nine players that started for the Lions on opening day, only two players completed the season without an injury and only one of those stayed at his original position throughout the season.
Coach Hayes and pitching coach Clay Scarborough stressed that the recruiting season is not over as they expected another couple of signings in the next couple of weeks.