By Zach Wood
Trimmed down to 25 athletes, the Men’s Blazer baseball team is back in action.
Head Coach Corey Mercer had some strong statements about the players, as well as words of advice.
He also has high expectations of repeating success within the organization.
After strengthening the team and condensing the roster, Mercer sees potential growth and a great team to work with.
“There are some young and new faces on the team, which means some red shirts, but I’m confident we have the right guys for the job,” said Mercer.
“They play hard and are doing great.”
After placing as the Metro Athletic Conference (MAC) Co-Conference Champion last season, the first time since 1993, Mercer hopes to repeat that success and potentially win the national championship.
“We have a strong set of guys; some from last year that can help deliver some words of encouragement to the new faces on the team and help them learn what is ahead of them,” said Mercer. “The team is lacking some experience, but with hard work and dedication, it will come.”
Mercer said that the team’s chemistry is strong, with many of the players spending time together off the field.
“They’ve been getting to know one another well, the team just needs some chemistry on the field to compensate.”
In terms of advice to the athletes, Mercer said that the coaches tell the players to relax.
“The game has not changed since many of them were four or five years old, it has only gotten faster,” said Mercer.
With a fresh roster, challenges will be there, but Mercer reassures the guys by saying, “The most important thing you can do is relax and stick to fundamentals.“
The team is off to a slow start with a 1-8 record at press time but there are plenty of games left in the season to recoup from their losses.