Most boys growing up can’t wait for springtime to arrive as they look to another baseball season. It’s a magical time that few words can describe. Here at TFC we have team of young men who have the chance to continue to play the game of boys for a few more years; to experience the innocence of youth every time they step on that field. These young men play ball for a variety of reasons; for exercise, to learn life disciplines, to learn how to perform in pressure situations, and of course to win a national championship. These are not the only reasons they continue to play this wonderful game though. As the TFC baseball team was back in action Monday the team’s energy was like that of young boys playing for nothing more than an unbridled love of the game. With every ball they threw and every at bat their passion and love for the game and each other stood out.
The Eagles took on the Clearwater Cougars in their double header and won both games convincingly to jump start their week. The Eagles took the first game 6-1 and the second 11-3. Junior right fielder, Andrew Thorne got the scoring started in the second game with a hard hit double and the Eagles never looked back. After a rough stretch of games against a tougher schedule, the Eagles needed theses wins to bring their record up to 17-14-1 and 5-2 in conference play. They are now in first place within the conference and these wins helped them get back on track in their quest for another national title. According to Thorne the team has “a really good shot to repeat as National Champions.” In fact he says, “Anything less would be a disappointment.” Coach Justin Pollock has similar feelings about the teams prospects as he commented that the team is “more talented than in years past and has potential to win it all again.” However, Pollock adds that, “the team has to become mentally tougher and bring their A game” every time they take the field. “If the team will play the rest of the season with the effort and enthusiasm that they did on Monday the wins should take care of themselves.” Hopefully Monday afternoon was just a small taste of what is yet to come and these young men will get to play this game of boys all the way to another championship victory.
Since the writing of this article the Eagles have won 6 in a row taking the W in all six games of three double headers. The team won both games of a double header on Saturday, April, 7 against Florida Christian College taking the first game 5-3 and the second 4-3. With these two wins the Eagles clinched the number one seed for the end of the season regional tournament to be held here at TFC April, 26-28. The team also defeated Piedmont College twice on April, 12 wining 8-7 and 6-1. Finally the Eagles defeated Berry College twice this past Saturday, April 14 7-3 and 7-6. With theses six wins the team’s record has improved to 23-14-1. The Eagles will be back in action this Tuesday, April 24 against Truett McConnell College at 3 PM.