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Jarvis accepts role on Chaparral baseball squad

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Connor Jarvis is one of three seniors looking to help Chaparral baseball win the state championship. (Photo by Leonardo Garcia)

Senior Connor Jarvis understands he needs to accept his role in order for a team to experience success.

It’s something he learned from being part of the 2014 team that went to state.

Jarvis acted a bullpen catcher during his freshman year, but now as a senior, his role evolved into something much larger. He serves as one of the team captains and trusted members of the baseball team.

“Connor has developed into an incredible young man, going from a bullpen catcher to captain to clean-up hitter,” Chaparral coach Dave Soto said. “He will be remembered as one of the best student-athletes at Chaparral High School.”

Jarvis, along with fellow seniors Chris Sedillo and Kevin Woolman, looks to lead Chaparral baseball to the promised land of winning a state championship.

Jarvis mentioned he learned a lot from the 2014 team, but he aims to accomplish winning the state title – something that didn’t happen in his freshman year.

“(We want) to repeat that (going back to state), but we also want to win the whole thing,” Jarvis said.

Jarvis senses the urgency to do something special in his last season and understands he has various roles to play as a senior leader.

“Based on the team, I think of my role and stick to it,” Jarvis said. “I know I have to drive in the runs all year. I know, as a pitcher, I have to throw decent innings, holding them to one or two runs.”

Like Jarvis, Sedillo has been part of the program for four years, acting as one of the more consistent faces on the program.

“(Chris) has always worked hard and done his best to represent Chaparral,” Soto said.

As for Woolman, he suffered a knee injury early in the season, effectively ending his senior season – his second as a varsity player. He, however, stuck with the team assisting whenever possible.

“Kevin did his best to support the team,” Soto said.

The season marks the fifth consecutive season that the Cowboys have made the playoffs, and Jarvis knows what it will take a complete team effort to accomplish the mission.

“As a team, we have to do the little thing right. It’s little things that overcome the big things,” he said.