The Gettysburg men’s baseball team heats up
By Kelly Keith, Contributing Writer
The weather was not the only thing heating up in Fort Myers this spring break! The Bullets baseball team came out hot in their trip down south, winning eight of their 10 varsity games.
The tradition of heading to sunny Fort Myers is one that is cherished among all members of the team. Senior captain Nate Simon, who made his fourth trip to Florida this year, talks about the benefits of the trip.
“The team is together from the first Friday night of spring break until the Sunday before school begins. We spend so much time together off and on the field and the first-years really open up. The trip really allows the team to bond.”
After a cold winter here in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the team was happy to get away. “This winter has been a brutal one. Going down to Florida and playing in the warm air against so many teams really gets you pumped to be playing the game and excited for the season to come,” said Simon.
The Gettysburg Men’s Baseball team won their first three games, then lost two in a row, and ended the trip with a five game winning streak. Senior Drew Felsenthal and junior Eric Hungerford each pitched a complete game against Wisconsin Lutheran College on Friday. Combined, Felsenthal and Hungerford had 19 strikeouts and only two walks over a 14 inning span.
The team finished off their trip on Saturday with a sweep against Pitt-Bradford, a team that split a doubleheader against the Bullets biggest competition, Johns Hopkins University. Senior captain Patrick O’Grady had a big day at the plate, finishing 4-for-6 with seven RBIs.
Junior Brett Harrington and sophomore Luke Lawrence combined to pitch the first win of the day. Harrington pitched the first four innings to notch the win and Lawrence the final three to earn the save. Senior Chris Yoda pitched six innings to pick up the win in game two.
The Bullets baseball team benefited greatly from their trip Florida over this spring break. There is a one of a kind bond created within the team that was only feasible through the trip to Fort Myers. The team’s passion and drive to succeed is at an all time high. Ending with a five game winning streak really puts the Bullets in a position to stay motivated and work towards their end goal of winning a conference championship. Bullets will be playing at home against Penn State Berks this Sunday, March 23rd.