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Baseball splits wins and losses after 22 ball games

by Carson Werner
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 09:15 pm
Junior pitcher Sean Connors (above) pulls back and throws a low pitch against UW-La Crosse. Despite suffering a blowout double-header loss to New Paltz, Brockport won the third and last of the two games. Following a great run of form, the team's loss to New Paltz was its first in six games.
Junior pitcher Sean Connors (above) pulls back and throws a low pitch against UW-La Crosse. Despite suffering a blowout double-header loss to New Paltz, Brockport won the third and last of the two games. Following a great run of form, the team's loss to New Paltz was its first in six games.

The College at Brockport’s baseball team has not held a winning record since its Virginia Beach trip earlier in the season. The Golden Eagles have put an end to their misfortune following a four-game winning streak that stretched for five days against three different teams. Yet now, their record is back to even (11-11) after losing two out of three games against SUNYAC rival, New Paltz.

The first two games were absolute blowouts as New Paltz waltzed all over the Golden Eagles, outscoring Brockport 22-3 in the first 18 innings of play. The final game however, worked out in Brockport’s favor as the team only needed the three runs scored in the second inning to beat the Hawks. The final score ended up at 5-2 after Brockport tacked on two runs in the sixth while New Paltz was only capable of scoring a run in the third and ninth inning. Following the three-game series, Brockport is still placed a spot above New Paltz in the SUNYAC standings.

Just over halfway through the season, Brockport looks to be in decent shape within its conference. Cortland and Oswego are the top two teams to beat this year as Cortland holds a SUNYAC leading 10-1 record followed by the 8-1, Oswego Lakers. 

Brockport currently sits safely in the third spot, as the team is currently 6-5 against SUNYAC competition. New Paltz, Oneonta, Fredonia and Plattsburgh fill the bottom spots among the standings, none of which have over three conference wins. If Brockport keeps up a steady pace of finishing series at 2-1 or even at 1-2, the squad’s placement in the standings will still be respectable.

With just a little under a month left until playoffs, several teams are beginning to see an increase in their quality of play. The chemistry formulated between coaches and players has worked out the early-season kinks and now all of the ahtletes are able to contribute their own respectable amount into getting the team where it needs to be. Brockport junior infielder Charlie Serino has noticed a difference in team play on the field and commends the underclassmen at Brockport for that difference.

“I am very impressed by the way some of our younger talents have stepped up,” Serino said. “Some of the younger guys on the team were put into difficult situations they may not have been comfortable going into, but they found a way to get the job done and found a way to keep us in those close games.”

Confidence is not built on an individual effort, especially when joining a new team. Younger players have built confidence through working with senior teammates and gaining experience with the each game they play. 

At this stage in the season, their new talents and poise, along with the rest of the teams’, are likely to flourish heading into the latter part of the season. Brockport does not have to travel very far to take on their next opponent, the University of Rochester Yellow Jackets. 

The neighboring squad is on fire as of late. The team started out its season 0-6, but has made a complete turnaround and has now won six out of its last eight games. Brockport cannot take this team lightly especially on their home turf. Rochester has only lost one game at home this season and after sweeping St. Lawrence University at home this past weekend, the Yellow Jackets are persistent on defending their diamond. 

The two squads will face off at on Tuesday, April 10, at 5 p.m. Both teams will be hoping to gain some ground within their respective conferences before playoffs.