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Week 3: Riverside Spring Classic

This past weekend, our club traveled to a small town called Williamston, NC to play in the Riverside Spring Classic. The event is named after Riverside High School, the host of the tournament. Again, the weather was wild this weekend as 30+ MPH winds and rain pummeled the area all day Friday (wind blowing out). Saturday’s temperatures were windy and cold (wind blowing in) and, finally, Sunday was brisk, but absolutely beautiful.

Even though it did rain on Friday, we were one of the few facilities that were able to sustain play in Eastern North Carolina, completing two of the three scheduled games in the tournament. Seton Hill played a wild one with LeMoyne in game one as both teams combined for an NCAA Division II second best 13 homeruns in one game. Seton Hill eventually won the game 17-16.

On Saturday, four gamers were played. Seton Hill beat Davis and Elkins 11-6, LeMoyne dropped Glennville 19-2, we topped Fairmont State 4-1 and also beat Glenville State 8-1 in the night cap. The first pitch of the day was thrown at 12 PM and the last pitch at 1:45 AM. (Due to the downpours on Friday night, the field was unplayable until noon.)

On Sunday, all was back on schedule with LeMoyne beating D&E 4-0 in the early game at 10 AM and Seton Hill beating us 9-2 during the 2 PM game. Glenville State and Fairmont State were playing the nightcap as I typed this.

Overall, this weekend was very enjoyable. We might not have come away with three wins like we had hoped for—and its not that we don’t care about winning. However, winning is not always the end all when it comes to the success of a weekend. I was again impressed with how the community of Williamston and most of all, Hank Tise, the Head Baseball Coach at Riverside, took care of each and everyone of the teams and individuals that traveled to their quaint town on the Coastal Plain. Coach Tise’s staff, his team parents and their families did an outstanding job preparing the field and food for all the teams. Through all of the poor weather and schedule changes, Coach Tise’s crew was fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend in Williamston and can’t wait to come back in 2013!
As far as our club goes… humility is a beautiful thing. This weekend and last taught us a lot about who we are and what we need to do to get better. Again, it is interesting to see how we respond to the “bulls eye effect.” We, as a coaching staff and a team face challenges that we have not had to deal with before. Other clubs show up and play with intensity and energy every game. Because others say we should be good, other teams turn up the energy level when they play us. It is exactly where we want to be as a program for the long haul. If we continue to play well for year’s to come, then this will become the norm. For us now, it’s a slightly different feeling. It’s early and I am still very confident in our pitching, defense and offense. But, there is no doubt that our club’s ability to react to days like today will eventually lead to success or demise. One thing that we continue to work on with our club is that only the present and the process matters. I can’t wait until Tuesday afternoon to get back on the field for practice. Coach K always says that games are checkpoints in progress and I have to agree. Today’s checkpoint was exactly what our club needed. How will we respond? Stay tuned…

Thanks for reading,

Jon Shehan
Head Baseball Coach
Millersville University