It's been two years since the Annapolis High School varsity baseball team has won a game.
So, to turn around the team's spirits, head coach Gene Bowles is inviting former players and coaches to participate in an alumni game where they can also mentor the current members.
"It's not my team, it's not their team," said Bowles, who at 25 is the youngest head coach in the county's public school system. "It's a community team. So the community needs to support it."
As part of the effort to improve the team's performance, Bowles, who took his position in December, brought in former coach Larry Brogden to speak with the players last month. Brogden lead the team to the 1988 state championship win.
"[The players] didn't know who he was," Bowles said. "This team doesn't have a sense of history. It's an uphill struggle."
Bowles hopes the alumni players and former coaches can offer advice and tips to the current players, who will be sitting in the dugout and helping out as needed. He wants Annapolis High to be competitive in a county that boasts powerhouse baseball teams such as South River and Chesapeake high schools.
"Annapolis hasn't been successful in a very long time," said Bowles, who is also a student advocate at the high school. "We need to work together to turn it around."
The alumni game will take place at the Annapolis High School baseball field on April 21 at noon. Interested former players and coaches are asked call Bowles at 410-245-2219 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.