By Ian Jackson
Photos By Ian Jackson
With a 1-4 record, the Roosevelt baseball team was able to use a spring break trip as a huge confidence booster for the season to come. The trip lasted from Mar 6-11.
Infielder Alvin Perez said that the team has felt relatively good about their play so far this season.
“I think what has been working for us is that our defense has been solid thus far. We make the routine plays routinely which is good. Another thing that works is that when we need people to step up in certain situations, they step up,” said Perez.
Outfielder Andrew Bohlman said the team was able to bond over the break during down time. He also said the team can work on the simple plays in their upcoming games.
“Although baseball is played by a team, it singles out each player when the ball comes whether it is a pitch, a throw, or off the bat. Right now we just need to simplify the game, make the routine plays routine, and let the rest take care of itself,” said Bohlman.
Though their spring trip is over, the rest of the season still lies ahead.
“We have played 6 games so for this spring have won 2 of them. We currently hold the top spot in the NAIA in strength of schedule. Our first weekend at Freed Hardeman and our first two opponents on our spring trip were against ranked teams,” said coach Steve Marchi.
Coach Marchi said he is confident in how the team will do going forward.
“We’ve also had some pretty decent results offensively. We are slashing .299/.380/.421 as a team, which is pretty good and we might be leading the nation in loud outs, too. We’ve seen some very good arms and have shown that we will be able to hit anybody’s fastball”, said Marchi.
The next home game is March 22 at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, Ill.