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High school baseball: Even in a one-win season, coach Mike Hinckley sees progress at Capitol Hill

Former Washington Nationals pitcher Mike Hinckley, in his second year running the program, has not seen wins on the field — Capitol Hill has one win, a 5-1 victory over Santa Fe South, heading into regionals this week — but he has seen positive development on and off the field for his young team.
by Jacob Unruh Published: May 4, 2014

There are days Mike Hinckley gets frustrated.

There are those days the Capitol Hill baseball coach and former Major League Baseball pitcher even feels like he’s done.

But then he remembers this is not about him.

“I think that’s the biggest thing I’ve learned is that it’s not about me,” Hinckley said Tuesday before the Redskins were swept in a doubleheader by Northwest Classen. “It’s about the Lord and it’s about these boys growing up to be men.”

Hinckley, in his second year running the program, has not seen wins on the field — Capitol Hill has one win, a 5-1 victory over Santa Fe South, heading into regionals this week — but he has seen positive development on and off the field for his young team.

And opposing teams are taking notice, too, writing letters to Capitol Hill administration praising the players for their positive attitude and camaraderie.

“He’s shown us a lot of character,” Capitol Hill senior outfielder Denny Do said. “He’s been telling us it’s not a win or loss deal, just as long as we work as a family and play hard. I think that’s what baseball mainly is about, having fun and working with your teammates.

“It’s not about all the wins and losses. It feels good to win, but coming down to it if you’re not having fun while you’re winning, then what’s the point of the sport?”

The season has been trying, though.

Recently the Redskins were forced to play two games with just seven players, leaving Do to cover the entire outfield alone. They also played one game with eight players.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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