Cru baseball split Saturday’s doubleheader against Texas Wesleyan University. UMHB fell 14-12 in game one, and then picked up an 11-2 victory in the second game. This brought the team to a 2-3 season record and knocked them down to third in the American Southwestern Conference rankings.
With this being the first week of the season, head coach Micah Wells said he has been anticipating the dynamic of this season’s team because of all the new faces on the field.
“We have had the luxury of returners and stability,” he said. “There are a lot of new faces, and with that there is excitement. Seeing these guys come together, start to gel and play as a team is where the real excitement comes in.”
He said in preparation for the challenges that lie ahead, the team spent quality time doing drills to learn to work together.
“We are looking at having a new short stop, first baseman, second baseman and third baseman. So we are working hard to find out what everyone’s strengths and weaknesses are and communicate. These are all issues that come up in a game,” Wells said.
As the team continues to prepare for the season, Wells said the team just needs to focus on playing the game as it knows how.
“We have good, talented baseball players that work hard and have great attitudes,” he said. “So, if we can go out there and play hard and do the things we coach and practice like we are trained to do, then I think the wins will take care of themselves.”
Junior Andrew White said the team’s youth would not take away from its abilities.
“The team has shown a lot of character,” he said. “A lot of younger guys have had to step up in key positions. The older guys have taken them under their wings. It has been a key asset to our team’s growth.”
White said as the team continues to play together, kinks will be ironed out.
Looking back at the Southwestern game he said the team has put it behind them and will focus on eliminating big innings.
“If we could eliminate that one big inning from them, there was no way their team would be able to beat us,” he said.
After the team fell to Texas Wesleyan University, White said the team is regrouping and will keep on trucking.
“Coach has told us, baseball is a game of failure. If you dwell on the past, there’s nothing to be achieved. Take it one pitch at a time,” he said.
Senior pitcher Hunter Hawkins said he, too, has looked forward to the new team members intermingling.
“We have lost a lot of good guys from last year, but I think we have guys coming in who will fill those shoes and more,” he said.
Going into the season, Hawkins said he was nervous because of the time lapse from when he stepped on the field.
“I have butterflies, but I am ready to take care of business, too,” he said.
As one of only three seniors, Hawkins said taking the field for his last season has been a bittersweet experience.
He said, “I am going to miss it like crazy when it is gone, but I really feel like I am completing an area in my life.”
While closing this chapter, his hope, like many on the team, is to contribute to the team’s success every time he steps out on the field. He said taking the season one game at a time will make a difference.
“I am looking forward to really competing and showing the talent God has given me with baseball. I love to get out there and just play the game.”
The Cru’s next game is on the road in Waxahachie against Southwestern Assemblies of God University tonight at 6 p.m.