Lee Baseball looks forward
Lee University Baseball began their season with a win against Catawba University in the season opener at Olympic Field Saturday, February 4, at 2pm.
Having finished 30-18 last year, ranked 4th in the GSC, The Flames are hoping to have another great season this year.
The Flames have been scrimmaging against Cleveland State and Roane State to prepare themselves for the upcoming season. The men have been preparing their bodies by conditioning and making practices more competitive and game-like as possible.
“Working on mental toughness and team chemistry are our main focuses of the year, that we needed to get better on from last year,” Junior transfer Jordan Howard said.
According to senior pitcher Art Vidrio, the difference maker for them this year will be accountability from each player. With the team having lost big hitters like Ben Holland and Luke Toms, it will be on each player to contribute in different ways with speed and line drives.
“We have been challenged more and been put in competitive situations every day, which is what we need to do if we want to be great in games,” Junior Catcher Tyler Waters said.
Vidrio believes starting the tone early in the game and trusting the bullpen to finish out games is what will lead the Flames to success, along with trusting the infield and outfield to make routine plays and not allow any extra bases. Vidrio went on to say hitters need to understand the situations they are in when they're up to bat and to execute them for the team rather than do too much at the plate.
“The team has meshed together really well and I’m excited to see how we do in the GSC this season”, said Waters.