By Marty Zier
James Segault starts his first year as head coach after 13+ years of involvement with high school and middle school baseball. Josh Culp will be Segault’s assistant. As an Orcas alumni, Segault brings exceptional experience to the Vikings and has been working with some of his players since seventh grade.
“Last year we were pretty good, but I feel we had some untapped potential. I think this year we will be really good,” said Segault. “We have a core group of skilled guys that I have been with a number of years that I have confidence in. We are welcoming three-eighth graders up to our program since there isn’t a middle school program, but otherwise, we are looking pretty solid. Our numbers are good at 14 guys and what I like about it, is everyone here is here to play.”
Looking at the league this year, Segault sees the same predictable challenges.
“One change is we are not playing Lopez, but I imagine it will come down to us and Friday Harbor,” he said. “However, La Conner is always good and well coached. They are a good program and they will be tough too.”
The Vikings start their season at home with a doubleheader vs. Lynden Christian on March 18 at noon.