WSU Baseball | Photo by Kamp Fender
The Wright State University (WSU) baseball team held their Fall World Series on Oct. 30 and 31. This was the first time they competed since their season was canceled after 15 games last year.
The Fall World Series is an intra-squad scrimmage in which the Long Ball Beasts defeated the 6 Year Special in both games.
“It was great to have the opportunity to get back out and play again with the guys during a time with what seemed like daily uncertainty,” said Redshirt-senior pitcher Austin Cline.
Focusing on Baseball
“I’d say there’s been a fair amount of distractions at points throughout 2020. The coaches did a great job at handling everything going on, and had some unique ways of keeping us engaged and focused with baseball,” said Cline.
The baseball season normally ends with the NCAA Tournament in June, but due to the season being canceled early, they played their last game on March 10.
“It has been challenging at times. You have to remind yourself of why you are doing what you are doing,” said Redshirt-sophomore infielder Damon Dues.
By the time their season officially starts back up, it will be an extremely long layover that these players are not used to.
“During the spring when our season first got cancelled, I took a couple weeks off of doing nothing baseball related. During that time, I realized that I want to play baseball for as long as I can… That time rejuvenated me in a way and I am thankful for that,” said Dues.
Preparing for the upcoming season
The baseball team still does not know when their season will take place or what their schedule will look like, but they are on track for a spring season.
“I really hope we will be able to play a full schedule, especially for those student-athletes who decided to come back for another year,” said Head Baseball Coach Alex Sogard.
Due to the season being cut short, the NCAA allowed student-athletes to gain an extra year of eligibility. The baseball team was already extremely young, so they return almost the entire roster from the 2020 season.
“Even though last year was cut short, we had a number of guys get their feet wet and get some experience under their belt. I look forward to watching the guys compete this spring,” said Sogard.
There have been discussions about different schedule possibilities for the upcoming season that they hope to have finalized within the next month, but nothing has been decided as of now.