The warm weather this past week allowed the Ursinus College Baseball team to have another productive week on the field. The team only practice 5 days out of the potential 6 days available to practice. Then, on Saturday they volunteered at the Historical Muhlenberg Speaker House.
The warm weather for a second consecutive week allowed the Bears to get out on Thomas Field for 5 days straight. Ursinus was able to have 3 intersquad scrimmages due to the extremely warm weather. “That’s the first time we’ve been able to scrimmage before Florida” is what sophomore pitcher Aidan Rodgers said about the value of the scrimmages. These scrimmages gave the practice a game-like feel which is valuable before the Bears step on the field Sunday against East Mennonite.
For the freshmen, who are going to be playing a vital role on this year’s team, the scrimmages were very important to their preparation for their first collegiate games. Freshman OF Alex Mumme said “the scrimmages really helped me get comfortable playing with the other guys.” Mumme believes that the chemistry of the team was boosted by allowing players to get comfortable playing with each other in the scrimmages. Also stated that he will be “a lot less nervous” for the first game after these scrimmages. Overall, a great week of practice by the Bears.
A stellar week on the field was matched with a superb week off the field as well for the baseball team. They volunteered to the clean up the Historical Muhlenberg Speaker House on Saturday in lieu of practice. An effort that benefited both the community and the team, many of the Bears were excited they were able to clean up the site. “It brought us closer together” said senior infielder CJ Diana when asked about the impact the event had on the team.
Another week, another step closer to the first contest of the season for the team. Now, they only have one final week to prepare for their first competitive game of the season. Hopefully for the Bears, this upcoming week can be as successful as this past week both on and off the field.