Baseball team breaks down highs, lows of season so far

After a strong showing last weekend at home, the Grizzlies will host a three-game series against Wilmington College this weekend. 

“I feel like we’re coming along pretty well so far,” said sophomore right-handed pitcher Nate Stonebraker. “The season is pretty young and we have a lot of new pieces to our team, but I think we’re starting to figure out where everyone fits in and how to win games.” 

The team stands 4-3 overall with a total of 48 runs and five home runs on the season. 

“Hopefully we will continue to improve and be hitting our stride as we reach the conference season,” Stonebraker said. 

New to the program this year is junior outfielder Ryan Erlandson, a transfer student from Western Technical College in Wisconsin. 

“I saw the history of the program and saw it was the best route to win a lot, ‘cause a lot of the teams I had been on didn’t win a lot of games,” Erlandson said. 

Not only did the program provide Erlandson with the opportunity to continue his baseball career, but it also gave him a second family. 

“It’s a very close team and I think each player plays for the guy next to him, so I think that’s what I love most about it: just the bonds with each other and the camaraderie of the team,” he said. 

Even though sophomore and right-handed pitcher Ben Sprinkle warms up for games, Sprinkle watches his team play from the sidelines due to a torn ulnar collateral ligament. 

“I would say it’s pretty easy for me [to be injured on the sideline] because I know my teammates would cheer me on even if they are injured,” Sprinkle said. “I won’t be able to play at all this year, but I should be able to play again next season.” 

Head baseball coach Lance Marshall said the season started off on a good foot. Fortunately, the weather has cooperated in the team’s favor, leading to more practices and opportunities to prepare for the season ahead. 

“Baseball is a very fundamental game, so we’ll continue working offensively, defensively, on the mound and continue to improve,” Marshall said. “We’ve seen some great strides already and expect to see continual improvement as we move forward.” 

Despite challenges, the team comes together at the end of the day as a family to accomplish one goal — go far in post-season play. 

“Everyone works hard and has the same mindset, with the ultimate goal to be winning the conference and hopefully having a chance to get to the World Series,” Erlandson said.

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