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Goofy haircuts helping Elkhart Central's team chemistry


A baseball team can be easily recognized by their hats, but in some ways, the Elkhart Central cap actually disguises their team identity.

Once they take their hats off fans can see why; team Mohawks.

"We just like goofing around and this is kind of us goofing around," said senior pitcher/first baseman Riley Futterkhenct.

The team decided to get their fashion faux pas haircuts once the playoffs started.

"Just try and keep it fun out here. I mean that's the point of baseball to have fun with this game and that's what we want to do," said senior infielder Casey Ianigro.

The decision to get strange haircuts is just another team bonding activity for a group that considers themselves brothers.

"We just all hang out after practice and everything," said senior outfielder Tanner Tully. "We go fishing, hang out at people's houses all the time. Just have fun together all the time."

The team says their chemistry started at a young age when many of them played little league baseball together.

"We're a family," said senior catcher/pitcher Devin Prater. "We've been playing baseball together ever since we can remember."

Drastic changes, usually create some overreactions though. When a lot of the kids parents saw the haircuts for the first time, well you can only imagine.

"I don't know they were in disbelief, like 'why'd you do your hair like that?' I was like I don't know I just like it," said junior outfielder Jesse Zepeda.

Parents were not the only ones who thought the haircuts were a questionable decision. The Elkhart Central coach considers himself an old school guy, who would have preferred some more standard hair styles. However, he says he will let it slide as long as they're winning.

"You know it's 2013 and so I'm letting them do their thing and they seem to be happy," said Head Coach Steve Stutsman. "A happy team, makes a winning team."

The Blue Blazers will play in their first semi-state game in 25 years this weekend. It is a season the team says they will tell their kids about some day with plenty of pictures to show them of their ridiculous hair.

"They're going to think their dad was probably some crazy guy that nobody hung out with," said Ianigro. "But hopefully we'll tell them how great of a baseball team we had and how much fun we had together."

The Blue Blazers (30-1) play Lafayette Jefferson (22-12) Saturday with a trip to the state championship game on the line.

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