“If you build it, they will come.”
SC4’s baseball is shaping up for another season approaching this week. The Skippers prepared themselves, mostly off the field with fundraising events, in the offseason in becoming a contender in the 2010 season.
The team looks fresh with a whole new coaching staff led by Coach Denny Dwyer. Also 20 players of the 27-man roster are freshmen, sparking the thoughts of high expectation.
The Skippers have already played games in Florida and Tennessee this spring, bringing their record to 7-7. In Tennessee, the team split two games against Hiwassee College before coming back home on March 22.
The offense caught spark, outscoring Hiwassee in total, 31-27. The Skippers called two homeruns their own that weekend, with sophomore Chris Rivera clearing the wall and freshman Matt Deacon getting an inside-the-park.
Pitching backed up the bats in the two wins last weekend. In the first game, freshman Kevin Fisher pitched a complete game allowing two earned runs with six hits and ten strikeouts.
In the third game, sophomore ace Nick Baljeu struck out four allowing two earned runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.
“We worked together well and we definitely have the talent,” said freshman and team captain Emiliano Gonzalez. “The talent just needs to click.”
Something clicked last fall when the team earned over $44,000 at the Michigan Renaissance Festival, being the largest athletic fundraiser in school history.
“With a good coaching staff, we have worked really hard in the off season,” Gonzalez said. “All the fundraising helped us become a better team.”
The team hopes to achieve more than last season. The 2009 Skippers finished with a 16-30 record, finishing last place in the MCCAA.
“We expect to have a great year,” freshman Eric Harrington said. “We will be disappointed if we don’t get regional’s.”
The men’s baseball team hasn’t reached the regional tournament since 2006.
“We are good guys who want to learn,” Harrington added.
The team kicks off the season on Wednesday, March 24 against Concordia at Sanborn Park.