The baseball season is in full swing after a big weekend of wins. With a large upper class, a solid recruiting class, and a new coaching style, the team has managed to set their current record at seven wins and five losses.
The Royals ran two doubleheaders this past weekend against Cairn and Mt. St. Vincent, coming out on top against both teams. It was certainly a team effort with six players posting five or more RBI. However, Coach Ben Spotts says pitching and fielding, rath- er than hitting, is his main focus. “Pitch- ing and defense win baseball games, so our coaching staff has spent a lot of time making this a priority.”
This emphasis shows, as the team is allowing less than three runs per game.
Coach Spotts had been an assistant coach at Bridgewater College for 14 years, and he has brought the same emphasis on fundamentals to the EMU team. He says he would like to “teach our guys what it means to play hard every day and compete every day and every game.”
Coach Spotts also wants to “place a big emphasis on the fundamentals of the game and how to play the game of baseball the right way. Before you can win, you have to put yourself in a position to be in every ball game and playing hard and competing. If you are able to do that everyday, then the wins will take care of themselves.”
Johnny Estrada, Junior center- fielder, says, “practices are more structured, and we practice harder and for a longer time.”
“I am very pleased and excited on how our team has bought into my coaching style and how hard they have been willing to work for our coaching staff,” Coach Spotts said. The team has been working all year to prepare for the season so Coach Spotts is “ex- cited by the positive direction we are going in.”
The Royals start their conference play this Saturday at Emory & Henry.