Lexington Catholic's refurbished baseball digs are top-of-the-line, with greener-than-green artificial turf, lights and a spacious indoor hitting facility.
The Knights have a new coach, too. Taylor Brooks, a former Lexington Catholic and Gardner-Webb player, is 24 and looks young enough to still be in the lineup.
One thing remains the same: the Knights' status as a powerhouse. This is a program that has won three state titles (1999, 2006, 2009).
Lexington Catholic is a contender again. It is rated No. 4 in the state, sporting a 13-5 record, and has a mix of proven veterans and up-and-coming talent.
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Brooks, who was an assistant with the Knights' last year, said the key to making a run in the post-season is to zero in on the regular season.
"We want to focus on the process of playing every pitch of every inning trying to win every game, and if we do that the outcome will take care of itself," Brooks said, explaining the team's motto of "process over outcome."
Senior second baseman Troy Miller summed it up this way: "If we think ahead to the state championship, we'll overlook the games we're playing now. We can't do that because the games we're playing now get us ready for the tournament."
Senior pitcher Taylor Martin, who led the Knights to the 2009 state title, said he doesn't think this year's team has grasped that concept yet.
"We definitely have potential, but we've been struggling so far," he said. "We can do better, and we will once we all get on the same page.
"We've got a few guys who've been here and know what it takes to be successful like in 2009. We've gotta be ready to play every night, not just in big games."
Martin, who has two complete-game wins this year, is the ace of the staff.
"He's a leader when he's on the mound," Brooks said of Martin, who has signed with Kentucky. "He comes out ready to pitch and is mentally ready every game. That's a big plus. Our other guys feed off that."
Senior Tyler Arthur and juniors Colton Cleary and Zach Haynes are reliable arms. Senior R.J. Carroll was in the rotation before a broken finger sidelined him indefinitely.
Brooks said the Knights' defense has been solid.
Returning starters include catcher Tyler Jackson, first baseman Robert Waller, second baseman Miller, third baseman Evan Fraliex, outfielder Tyler Wells, and Will Hurt, who's moved from short to center.
Ryan Madaleno is at short. Nick Chaffin and Logan Taylor are outfielders.
Wells has been Lexington Catholic's most consistent hitter. "A big-time offensive weapon for us," Brooks said.
Hurt is a speedy leadoff man. Jackson, who started as a freshman infielder on the state title team, and Miller have also been tough outs.
Brooks has a boyish look, but his players aren't fooled.
"Most of the time he's pretty serious and comes across as a pretty stern head coach," Madaleno said.
As for their new facilities, the Knights are proud to show them off.
"It gives us confidence when other teams come in here oohing and aahing," Miller said. "Yes, this is our place, and we want to protect it and play well here."
Lexington Catholic will play host to the 43rd District tournament the last full week of May.