By Michael Nicholson
The Hampden Sydney Baseball Team currently has a record of 2-5, and has played several games against big name schools already this season.
“We were snowed out this past weekend against Stevenson. However, we have been able to get on the field and practice with snow still on the field. We also played in snow flurries in our opener against Averett,” said sophomore Spencer Wiles.
Some of the bigger games this season have included Christopher Newport University, who is currently ranked number eight in NCAA Division III, as well as Mary Washington and North Carolina Wesleyan who “are usually pretty solid,” said Wiles.
“I am mainly looking forward to opening up ODAC play in a few weeks because conference games ultimately determine the outcome of the season and our seed in the conference tournament,” continued Wiles.
The team hopes to capitalize on their talent in order to maximize performance on the field.
“At different times of the early season, our pitching has shown up and our hitters have shown promise; however, we are still trying to put the two together to play a ‘complete’ game. We are a young team and we just need to keep growing as a team and hopefully all of our hard work will pay off” said Wiles.
“The freshmen are doing well; we have a solid class that will definitely contribute on the mound and at the plate,” continued Wiles.
Sophomore Zach Whitaker was recently named ODAC Pitcher of the week after his performance in the Tigers’ 1-0 victory over Mary Washington. This is the second time in his career and first time this season.
The team is looking forward to a solid season. “Hopefully, we will be able to piece all our young talent together and make a run in the conference tournament in April,” said Wiles.