Pitt-Greensburg’s Baseball and Softball Teams Step Up to the Plate
by Mandy Nelson
Last season, the baseball team had a tremendous outcome: setting the school record for wins at 26 and reaching the conference championship for the second time in Pitt-Greensburg history. Not only did they reach the championship, but they came in second place. Now, the baseball team is gearing up for a new season starting on March 3 at 1p.m. against Bethany College. Then they will head down to Florida for a tournament over spring break.
The softball team will also be practicing in Florida over spring break, then they will start their season on March 18 against Saint Vincent College. The softball team has been going over the basics during their training. They have four new freshmen that are showing great potential.
“We’re all looking good so far,” Madison Hollis, a sophomore outfielder, said. “I’m really excited about the season. I think, even though we don’t have a big group, it will benefit us because we will work closer together.”
The softball team consist of eleven girls this year, which is smaller than the previous years.
“Last year, I was a freshman and it was hard to come in and play with a new group of girls, but I think overall we clicked and we did well.” Hollis said. She has been playing softball since she was six-years-old, and none of the other sports she tried compared to it.
The top six teams in-conference will go to the AMCC tournament, which is what the softball team is striving for this year.
As for the baseball team, their goal is to not only be in the conference championship, but to win it as well.
“Last season was a great season for the program. We broke a few of the school’s statistical records,” Head Baseball Coach, Scott Adams, said. “Now we are going to focus on improving all our skills the best we can.”
Christopher Common is a senior baseball player who took an interest in baseball at the young age of three, and ever since then he enjoyed playing the sport. He made many friends because of baseball, which kept him with the game.
“My uncle played baseball,” Common said, “My parents got me into baseball when I was like, three, and ever since then I liked it.”
Common proudly witnessed the baseball team’s record breaking season. Now his goal is to improve all aspects of the game like speed, agility, power, and throwing strength.
“I’ve been working on my strength training. I do full body work-outs to maintain strong leg and back muscles. You need strong hands and arms for batting speed. We also do a lot of sprints.”
Similar to the softball team, the baseball team will play about twenty-four games total, with the top-six teams advancing to the AMCC tournament.
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