The First Wave
The day we have all been waiting for has come and gone. Opening Day for college baseball was February 16th and teams across the nation finally got to strap up against someone other than themselves for a change.
The Bucs came out hot taking home the win against Delaware and in case you missed it, here is the link to the postgame summary:
After coming out hot, the Bucs were punched back.
Losing two straight then heading to Savannah State for 12 innings for our first road trip of the year really brought us back to the harsh reality: Baseball is hard. There is no sympathy for ballplayers. You play the hand you are dealt, stand up and compete, or fall. It's that simple.
Baseball has a funny way of reminding you that once you think you have got it all figured out, the game truly shows you how much there is left to learn. Keeping spirits up when you are winning is easy but when it feels like the baseball world is against you, adrenaline, energy, fire, and juice seem nowhere to be found. My old Junior College coach at Broward College Ben Bizier used to say, "Enthusiasm is the only fuel to keep moving forward in times of adversity."
Broward College, aka #TheB, is 18-2 at this point in the season and 4-0 in conference play.
Captain Mike Sconzo usually uses his hard-nosed play to inspire the team but on this rainy Sunday in Columbia, ole Two-Five gave a post-rain delay speech that star outfielder Josh Litchfield remarked gave him the chills. A spoken message delivered at the perfect time by a player that usually leads by example sparked a fire in the Bucs that led to a 4-2 victory over the Gamecocks.
This month has already given us a rollercoaster to remember. From dedicating our new locker room (the Singleton Complex), to coming out on Opening Day with guns blazing, to young bloods winning a gnat-infested extra-inning game, to feeling clueless at the plate in a hostile environment, to taking down a Goliath.
This team has a long way to go but if we can stand by each other and be furiously selfless we can come together and compete every chance we get.