WINCHESTER, Va. – Senior Daniel Freshley is in his second year of blogging about the baseball program. This week, in his second edition of "The Dirt", Daniel talks about working through all of the issues that poor weather brings to the forefront.
Well, unfortunately, we've become all to accustom the following announcement: "baseball postponed." For back-to-back weekends, Mother Nature has not been friendly to the Shenandoah University baseball team and has kept us off the field we're so eager to use.
Although we are all growing very impatient and can't wait to finally play the game, we continuously try to look at things from a positive perspective. The past two weeks have allowed our entire team to clean up early season mistakes and truly begin to emerge as a team with its own high expectation.
Don't get me wrong; these past two weeks have not been glamorous by any means. Not only has the bad weather forced us to scramble throughout campus to find locations and times to practice, but also it has forced us into practicing in less-than-ideal conditions. Our only practice on a baseball field this season was, well, let's just say interesting.
The left side of the infield was heavily saturated, making it very difficult for us to run or even move our feet and on the right side of the infield our infielders had to play on the outfield grass as a result of the standing water on the dirt areas. Luckily for the pitchers, hitters, and catchers, the mound and home plate areas were in pristine condition which allowed the pitchers to work live off of a real dirt mound, and hitters to see more live pitching.
Since that was the only time we were actually able to get on the baseball field, we've remained practicing daily on the Shentel Stadium turf, setting up the portable mound and throw down bases as our makeshift baseball field. We continue to work on our individual abilities and techniques as well as having team-oriented practices and intrasquad scrimmages.
Baseball aside, the atmosphere in the locker room has really become livelier with the addition of a PlayStation 2 and Guitar Hero. Surprisingly enough, we actually have many very good Guitar Hero players on our team. It's also truly been a team effort in beating each game entirely, as many of us gather around the TV taking turns passing (or in some cases, failing) each song and moving on to the next one.
Guitar Hero is only one of the many games we have in the locker room as well. Thanks to the many hours of hard work put in by Mikey Paul, we have successfully created our entire team in MVP Baseball 2005 and are in the process of playing out our season against other big league clubs.
We've also begun to play Ping-Pong Knock Out with 20+ people. The game starts with half of the people playing on one side of the table, and the remaining half on the other. The server begins the game by serving and immediately proceeds to drop the paddle on the table for the next guy to pick up and hit the ball back over the net as the initial serve is returned. We continue to run around the table, eliminating players as they fail to successfully volley the Ping-Pong ball over the net or land it on the table. Eventually this large group of 20+ people plays down to just one player, and then we play again.
Whenever the season officially starts, we will certainly be excited to play. Until then, we will continue to impatiently wait for Mother Nature to be so kind to grant us with 75-degree temperatures and clear skies. Ok, we'll be more than happy to take 40-degrees with no precipitation. Beggars can't be choosers right?
Until next time, take care.