by Bruce Wallace
Thirteen years ago, in Tony Phillips’ first season as the Eagles head baseball coach, SoBoCo lost to Westran in the Class 2 district tournament.
The only thing that is the same is that Westran is still playing Class 2 baseball.
SoBoCo, now competing with Class 4 powers like Helias and Bolivar, has seen its baseball program grow right along with its school in the past 13 years.
But there will be a change at the top next year as Phillips filled out his last lineup card last week.
Phillips’ overall record of 160-156 isn’t nearly as impressive as how the program improved in recent years – winning the Tri-County Conference title two of the past four seasons – and being in the top three every season since entering the conference – and closing out his baseball coaching career with a 17-8 varsity record, 14-2-1 JV record and a freshman team with a 16-3 program.
Phillips has built the program with strong youth teams in the 65010 Baseball club.
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