by Meaghan O’Donoghue, Gerard Gray, and Nathan Hoy
edited by Sean Ellertson
Excitement fills Pappas Field as the players walk from the Clubhouse onto the turf for the first time since the snow cleared.
After a disappointing trip to Myrtle Beach, winning just two of their five games, the Franklin Pierce baseball team returns in Rindge for their first outdoor practice of the season. The practice starts out with the players stretching and playing catch to warm up their arms. The players are all smiling and joking as they enjoy the sun beating down on the field.
The light, playful energy turns to focus and determination as the players move to bounce back from Myrtle Beach.
The Ravens are preparing for two games against Adelphi this weekend. They are looking to add to their success from last season against Adelphi, winning three of their four match ups.
Outdoor practice allows the team to work on stealing, defensive plays, and batting practice without the constraints of the Bubble. “We did a lot of things outside today that we have not been able to do in the Bubble, like hitting games and live practice,” said senior pitcher Miles Sheehan. Sheehan said being able to throw outside was a nice change from the Bubble and gave them a more game-like feel.
Junior catcher Stephen Octave said his favorite part of returning to outdoor practice was the live batting practice because of the confidence boost it gives him and his teammates.
Offense was a struggle for the Ravens during their Myrtle Beach trip. Octave said the team’s preparation in practice focuses on “seeing what we did wrong in games and planning how we’re going to fix it.”
The Ravens won their first game at Adelphi Thursday afternoon 7-3 and prepare to face them again tomorrow, Friday March 3rd. at 3:00 p.m.