Tuesday, February 22, 2011
This past weekend, the baseball team here at Cortland opened up the season with four games in Virginia. The Red Dragons came back with a 1-3 record, but things aren't looking so bad. Every year since I have been here, it has always been a rough start to the season. It isn't the easiest thing to go from the field house right into an actual game. The first game turned out to be a pitchers duel with the two runs scored by Shenandoah coming off of a passed ball and an infield single. The two games on saturday were daggers with the first game getting broken open by a controversial home run call and a interesting balk call. The second game on saturday seemed to be in the bag with a 5 run lead in the bottom of the ninth, but then again this is baseball. Bridgewater College scored 6 runs including 2 on a walk off double to knock us off. Sunday's game was a different story however with Senior Mike Mahay pitching a gem for 7 innings shutting down Salisbury in Maryland. It was a great thing to finally get the first win of many more to come. The upcoming schedule for the Red Dragons includes a trip to Long Island next weekend and a trip to Florida for spring break where 7 games are scheduled. Since I have been here, I have been a part of two teams that have made it to the world series, one making it all the way to the National Championship. So it is safe to say that I could tell when a team is pretty good. This team almost has it. All it is going to take is the experience of playing together and becoming more of a team where everyone knows their role, shuts their mouth and performs. The talent is there, no question. The team working together and playing for each other is what will lead to eventually the National Championship.