After a long time away from the blog, I’m finally back to catch y’all up on quite a bit. First things first, I just got to enjoy 70 degree weather in Florida for a week while Harrisonburg got inches of snow. So that’s pretty awesome.
Last Saturday, we opened up conference play on the road and split with Emory and Henry. We won in extras in the first game which was huge for us since we have been losing a lot of those closer games to start the year. We then headed down to Florida with a quick detour in Spartanburg, SC to stay overnight. We pulled into Florida on Sunday and moved into our condos which were huge. We stayed at an unbelievable resort and Coach really hooked us up.
Monday we had a quick practice before we started a stretch of 5 games in four days. The trip didn’t start as we planned. We dropped the first two games and were back to 8-8 on the season. We got a great pitching performance on Thursday and had some timely hitting to beat a solid club. Then we played a doubleheader on Friday and took both of those games as well to finish the trip strong. We also have already equaled the amount of wins we had all of last year at 11. That’s pretty encouraging for a group of guys who have been working their butts off to scrap and win ball games.
We came back yesterday, riding a bus for 17 hours. 17 hours with 30 guys on a bus feels like 17 days, but the trip was a ton of fun.
Now the team is back at school and taking a much needed off day before getting back to work on Monday. We play another conference game on Wednesday and then two on Saturday so it’s a huge week coming up. For a team that is trying to make the conference tourney for the first time in 10 or 11 years, every game is huge. We are starting to put things together now and getting some timely hitting and defense and things are looking good as we get ready to get into the bulk of our conference schedule. In any sport, it’s always about playing up to your potential, and our team is starting to do that a little more consistently now. People around campus and the conference are taking notice and EMU isn’t a team to just take lightly anymore. It’s a great feeling for us when we know how much time and effort we have put into it. The culture is changing around the team and this season has been a blast so far.
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