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Baseball team relying on depth with postseason drawing near

by Matthew Lauster-THE STYLUS
Tue, Apr 25th 2017 06:00 pm
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As the postseason comes closer and closer, The College at Brockport Golden Eagles are looking to end the regular season and move on to trying to earn themselves a title. 

According to gobrockport.com,-the Golden Eagles currently sport a 19—14 record and are 10-4 in the State University of New York Athletic Conference. Don't let the fact that the Golden Eagles are only five games above 500 fool you. Brockport has been dealt a bad hand all season, especially with key players being injured. 

So, still being able to hold a winning record should be something the team can hang its proverbial hat on. But of course, the Golden Eagles did not look to get this far, only to get so far. 

Speaking of the SUNYAC, it is filled with tough teams from top to bottom. 

"If you don't come ready to play any given day in this conference you can get beat," sophomore infielder Matthew Van Allen said in an interview when asked about the stiff competition this conference poses. "We have to be ready from the first pitch each and every day or we could end up losing. But obviously when you look at our conference you have to respect and recognize the work that both Oswego and Cortland have done. But we aren't afraid of anybody. We have shown this year that we aren't afraid of either one of those teams."

The Golden Eagles are 3-3 against the SUNY Oswego Lakers and the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons. The Golden Eagles have had a fair amount of success against these two other teams,  Brockport is 1-2 against Oswego and 2-1 against Cortland. 

With all the injuries the Golden Eagles have suffered, they have sure learned how to rely on the team's depth. Some people may believe that depth is the teams' biggest strength.  

"I believe our biggest strength is our depth," Van Allen said. "We have a lot of talented guys on our team that have the ability to make an impact immediately and can change the outcome of the game at any point."

Van Allen also went on to say that the advisories that the Golden Eagles faced have led to the biggest improvement. 

"The thing that the team has improved on most throughout the year is filling in roles, Van Allen said. "We have had a lot of guys go down for various reasons and there was always someone there to step up."

Brockport may have been through it all this season; numerous ups and downs have the Golden Eagles thinking that no matter what happens, they can accomplish anything because they have been through almost everything together. Everyone from the coaching staff to the players is going to have to step up big time and maybe have to take on roles that they may have never thought of taking before. But it would all be worth it if the Golden Eagles  finish the season with a title celebration.

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