Greetings baseball and Argonaut followers!!!
There is so much to get into this post because its been a solid 2 weeks since my last post. There have been some ups and downs for the Argo Baseball team in the last few weeks. Beginning from the top, the UWF Baseball team faced now top-ranked Tampa 2 weeks ago in the first annual GSC/SSC Baseball Crossover. It was definitely a game that both teams had circled on their schedule! I think both teams have a strong understanding that there is a good chance that this years regional host could very well be either one of us. This was the only shot we had at them to have a head-to-head battle. Unfortunately, the cookie didn’t crumble quite the way we wanted. We dropped the uninspiring game 10-7. Although we fought hard, ultimately we got down by too much, too early.
We bounced back quite well, basically dominating Barry University 13-1. We had our way with every aspect of the game, and it was a great team effort. We hit 3 bombs in the first three innings, which probably was an Argonaut first. It was pretty cool to witness, especially considering the way we had lost the night before. Following Barry was 2 mid-week games against Miles College. We took care of business, winning both games with little stress. Now came the weekend, the conference opener against GSC new comer University of New Orleans.
After being rained out on Saturday, we played a double header on Sunday. After taking the first game in scary 10-9 fashion, we followed the win with a disgraceful 12-3 lose. It has been quite a while since we suffered a lose like this one. To give you an idea of how long its been, it was the last time I played a game in the outfield. It was a brutal 18-0 lose to North Georgia 3 years ago. Not a good one… Coach Jeffcoat doesn’t tolerate losing, especially at home.
Even though there is a bad taste in our mouths following this weekend, there is always a positive to everything. The Argonaut bats are coming to life, and some hitters have been mashing the ball! For starters, Josh Huggins has been coming up clutch with big hit after big hit! Currently Hugbear is batting .333 with 6 2b, 3 HR, and 14 RBI. Other Argo’s swinging a hot stick are FR. Mike Tomilson (.440, 3 2b, 6 RBI) and Dustin Saulmon(.357, 4 2b, 1 3b, 1HR, 10 RBI). They have come up big for us, at the plate and on the bases. This week will be a big for the team, with a pair of mid-week games again nationally ranked Columbus State, and and weekend series at GSC rival North Alabama, who is also ranked. If we could come out with 5 wins this week, I think it would boost the team right back in the discussion of hosting a regional, and I think it would really prove to this years team that WE ARE GOOD ENOUGH! Last year, it took 2 big series wins over Delta State, and Florida Southern to really get us into a groove and gave us a certain confidence that we could hang with the “big boys”. Well, now its time to put up or shut up… because these 5 games could certainly make or break our chances of hosting.
A quick update on my pitching progress for anyone who is thinking, “what have you been doing lately?”. Well, I’m still waiting for my opportunity, and it’s just like it was last year. I’m not a usual guy out of the bullpen, but I’m always ready to take the ball, and always try my best to stay prepared, just in case! I got my debut against Columbus State last year, so maybe they’ll have a big time scouting report on me and all their hitters will tremble as I walk to the mound. (Oops, I just woke up)
The attitude on the team is good, however, there is definitely a weird mojo floating around. We all see the potential of what we have out there, but it’s taking a little longer than expected to put it all together. An encouraging way to look at it is, we don’t have our best stuff right now, and are still 13-3. So it could DEFINITELY be worse!
I hope everybody had a great March 2nd, (Dr. Seuss’ Birthday). I had my roommates Ryan Day and Justin Bennett along with Ryan’s girlfriend Argo Soccer Superstar Lindsay Foy come read to my 5th grade class, and finished up the day with the movie “Horton Hears a Who”. A great day, and from a teachers perspective, I definitely love days when I can play a movie!
Wish us luck this week!!! We are going to need it!
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Check out or latest YouTube video of our bat ceremony before the Florida Southern series 3 weeks ago. ( http://bit.ly/wnuOAi )
Philip Ebert 36