he Crusader baseball team is known for doing well in it’s seasons, and this one should be no different. Head coach Micah Wells, who has been with the team for eight seasons, believes the team will do great.
“We are 4-6 so far, and it’s been a learning process,” Wells said. “We are continuing to grow and build as a team. The goal to this point is to be prepared to win when we enter West Division play.”
With several players returning to the field from last season, they are in a good position to accomplish the goal of winning their division.
Sophomore exercise sports science major Ryan Swindell plays second base for the Cru. He is a new addition, but already feels the team has great potential.
“We don’t care how we win, just as long as we get the job done,” he said. “As long as we keep sticking to our goal, I see no obstacle holding us back from a national title.”
One of the outfielders is sophomore computer graphics major Alfredo Melendez. He believes that the main thing the team has to improve on is getting stronger
“The only thing I think the team needs to work on is improving and getting better every day so we are competing to the best of out ability,” he said.
On and off the field the team needs encouragement and humor according to Melendez, which is the unique quality he contributes to the Cru.
“One thing I bring to the team is a lot of speed on the base path and in the outfield,” he said. “I also try to lighten the mood of the team and get things going with a little joking around.”
Well’s concern is how the team meshes. Players have been practicing and training since the beginning of the semester, but with the loss of some key seniors, rebuilding is essential to their overall success.
“You have to get to know each other as individuals, but you also have to get to know each other as players,” Wells said. “We are still playing with the line-up and figuring out what the best combination of guys is.”
The Crusader’s hope is to surpass last year’s 28 wins. The baseball team’s next game is against LeTourneau University Feb. 27 and 28 at home.