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Bat flips and hard hits: baseball is back

by Panagiotis Argitis
Tue, Feb 13th 2018 09:00 pm
Part of the baseball team (above) receives instruction by one of Brockport's coaches. The team has a reputation for finishing in the top three in the SUNYAC standings. With exciting new talent and an experienced group of seniors, the baseball team will be looking forward to starting the 2018 season. The team's first contest is on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. against Drew University.
Part of the baseball team (above) receives instruction by one of Brockport's coaches. The team has a reputation for finishing in the top three in the SUNYAC standings. With exciting new talent and an experienced group of seniors, the baseball team will be looking forward to starting the 2018 season. The team's first contest is on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. against Drew University.

Jam-packed with excitement and new challenges, the 2018 season for The College at Brockport baseball team is one you should definitely be on the lookout for. The team is coming off a stellar 13—5 conference season with a trip to the SUNYAC tournament against Cortland, although it was later canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Every new calendar year is different than the preceding one, and that’s the same story for this team’s 2018 season. One of the obstacles that the Golden Eagles — and every other — team face throughout the season is that absence of last year’s graduating senior class. Outfielder Dane Cala, catcher Paul Ludden and infielder Mike D’Eletto all averaged .315 plus in batting and are just a few of the names that stand out from last year’s senior class. Although the senior class’ elite experience and understanding of the game will be a tough component to replicate, the team shouldn’t have too big of a problem doing so. 

“We lost a lot of impact guys up the middle,” head coach Justin Beach said. “Our center fielder, shortstop and catcher all graduated, and we also lost our closer and another top starting pitcher. Every year we graduate a lot of good players – it is tough but it gives opportunities for new players to rise up in different roles. We believe in developing our players and by the time they are juniors and seniors, they are reaching their full potential, so it is no surprise we graduate a lot of impact players each year.”

Brockport is constantly looking forward and has added a total of nine freshman prospects that will look to gain experience this upcoming season. 

With the ideology of having deeper bench options and filling up positions, such as  the pitcher position, that were taken up by seniors that graduated last year, the potential of the incoming freshman will spread and grow across its entire time at the program.

Along with the rest of the newcomers, freshman infielder Ben Martin is one of the athletes that stands out. The Rochester native was a key part of the Churchville-Chili Saints success last year and was one of the best players in the AA class of high school baseball, earning a spot in the honorable mentions of the best incoming players of the 2018 year during the end of last year. 

With the combination of Brockport’s successful reputation, a break-out ready freshman class and an overall dedication to hard work, the upcoming baseball campaign should prove for a thrilling year of action. 

The Golden Eagles are set to kick-start their season this coming weekend with an away trip to Union, New Jersey, for two back-to-back games against Drew University and Kean University. After falling to Kean University during last season’s trip to the school, Brockport will be looking to capitalize early and come away with a win. 

“We are prepared and ready to start the season off,” sophomore pitcher Trevor McCarthy said. “Both Drew and Kean University are very respectable competitors, so our first weekend of play will be entertaining. We will battle it out till the very end.” 

Brockport will be playing against Drew University on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. followed by a game versus Kean University on Sunday, Feb. 18, at noon. Expect two great matches.

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