November 30, 2023

Baseball team looking to the future despite losing season

photo by Kevin Cullenen

Just two games remain for the baseball team in what can only be referred to as a growing season. The next game will be at home Saturday against Otterbein at 1 p.m. and the final game of the season will take place away at Heidelberg.

The team will finish with a losing record this year, and now sit at 14-19 following the 3-11 loss against Thomas Moore this Tuesday.

“We didn’t have the best record this year, but we do have a very young team. Our team has no graduating seniors and mainly consists of sophomores, a few very talented juniors and freshmen who are stepping up into the right position,” sophomore pitcher Brent Willing said.

The team has had trouble functioning as a unit during games and being able to recover from and adapt to problems that arise during the game.

“There were games that we had everything going for us, but we couldn’t get all three aspects of hitting, pitching, and fielding to function together, and when one wouldn’t deliver, the other two were not able to step up,” sophomore centerfielder Nate Campbell said. “Our bats got cold at the wrong times, and we weren’t able to stop the bleeding when it started and it set us back in our conference.”

Despite the losses, the team has still seen many accomplishments this year. Such accomplishments include junior Patrick Jackson being selected as the OAC Conference Hitter of the Week for the week of April 22. Also, the team came together for a 21-0 defeat against Wilmington. That game ended with a triple play by Capital. Capital also defeated two nationally-ranked teams.

This year is the first year Anthony Hayes, assistant coach, has been with the team.

“Coach Hayes is a huge moral supporter and a good harder next year because we have everyone back,” Campbell said.

“Our team is very close, all of the sophomores live together and we do a lot of team bonding, such as trips to Magic Mountain and bowling. We’re trying to band together so that we can kickstart next season,” Willing said.


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