Cougars happy to be home after tough stretch to start season

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After a district opening win on Tuesday at Lake View, the Cooper Cougar baseball team is finally in the comfy confines of its home field gearing up for the Abilene ISD tournament this week.

When the Coogs take the field Thursday, it will be its first home game of the regular season, two and a half weeks into 2018. Cooper returns from its tournament travel season at 3-7-1 as they'll open its home weekend against Wichita Falls Rider at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

“In this tournament this weekend, we've got some teams that we can handle and I think we are going to get on a good role to start district fully," said Cooper senior Shaun Watson.

Like many programs do, the Cougars’ non-district schedule is tough, a strategy used to better prepare for the district season. Here in 2018 with a mix of new and returning starters, this weekend offers a chance to get some of that confidence and urgency back before the 4-5A season really begins.

"You know we already had a couple of weeks under our belts of games, but we finally get home and get to play in front of familiar faces,” said third-year head coach Cody Salyers. “It's going to be a good deal for them and hopefully it will give them a little life to where they're a little excited and maybe speed up a little bit."

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