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Baseball stays hitting for five straight victories

by Carson Werner
Tue, Apr 3rd 2018 08:00 pm
Senior pitcher/infielder Austin Hall (above) throws a fastball against Plattsburgh.
Senior pitcher/infielder Austin Hall (above) throws a fastball against Plattsburgh.

After starting the season 7-9, the Brockport baseball team is hoping to turn things around. The team’s first 16 games have been against tough competition, causing the team’s record to lookless than optimistic. But as of late, the squad has been battling back against the teams that really matter. Division play has seemed to turn the tables for Brockport as the team has captured five wins out of its last eight games against SUNYAC opponents. With wins over Oneonta, Cortland and Plattsburgh, the team’s record has now improved to 10-9. 

Starting in Cortland, Brockport was only able to scrape one win from the three-game series. Hoping to bounce back, the Golden Eagles split the double header against Oneonta after two extremely close games. 

The team’s turning point came in the second game of the double header when it put two runs up on the board in the sixth inning to get the nail-biting win. Following that game, Brockport has broken out of its slump and has refused to lose since. Houghton and Plattsburgh stood no chance against the motivated Golden Eagles as they attained four consecutive easy wins. 

The three games matched against Plattsburgh made up Brockport’s most dominating series yet. The team won all three games and racked up 16 total runs to back up superb pitching performances by Brown, McCumiskey and Giallanzo. In fact, Plattsburgh was only able to scrummage 17 hits and five runs compared to Brockport’s 25 hits and 16 runs throughout 23 innings of work. The series was huge for Brockport’s future placement in the SUNYAC standings. This will be the only time Brockport will face Plattsburgh in the regular season, but there is no doubt the team hopes to see them in the playoffs.

Charles Serino, a junior infielder for the team, believes that throughout each and every game, no matter what the outcome, the team will get better. 

“Like our coach always says, we have to continue to get one percent better every single day,” Serino said “The past is the past and we need to continue to push and fight through it and just take one game at a time, take every inning by inning, and every pitch by pitch. When you break the game down like that, it slows everything down, and players seem to be more focused.”

Whatever has been done to change the athletes’ play on the field is working. Whether it be through coaching, player morale or an increase in effort, the team seems to be running on all cylinders. The batters are hitting home runs, pitchers are throwing strikes and fielding errors are becoming limited. Brockport is playing its best baseball yet this year but the team can only expect to get better. Most teams will peak just around playoff time when winning means the most. 

Brockport’s next matchup will be no walk in the park, as it takes on the Empire 8 division leader, St. John Fisher Cardinals on Sunday, April 8. The Cardinals are currently 12-7 after their most recent games against Ithaca College, winning two out of a three matchups. If Brockport keeps up its caliber of play and shows up with the same mindset it had against Plattsburgh, its winning streak will continue.

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