Baseball Home Opener

The time has finally come! The “boys of the spring” are here with America’s favorite pastime! Toccoa Falls College’s Screaming Eagles, led by first-year head coach Nathan Bowen, play their first home game this Saturday, February 13, starting at 2:00 pm. They will be playing against Tennessee’s Johnson University.

Last year, the TFC team finished with a 28-23 final record, continuing the long-standing tradition of having a winning record by the end of the season. With a solid young team and a new coach to reinvigorate the program, there is no better time to get behind them than this year!

TFC has already played three games this season and has lost all three. On the surface, three losses may look like a grim start. However, looking a little closer at some stats indicate that this could not be farther from the truth as the pitching staff dominated. At worst, TFC lost 3-7 in the second game of a three-game series against the powerful Southern Wesleyan University team. The other two games resulted in losses that were 0-2 and 0-1. The latter of the two lasted an amazing 14 innings! Even more amazing in that game, Dylan Powers threw 10 innings only giving up 4 hits! Dylan Powers is also slated to get the start in the first game against Johnson University.

Screaming Eagle Fans! Get pumped up for this home game!

In case one cannot make this weekend’s games, the next seven HOME games are below:

FRI. 02/26 Goshen College 2pm
SAT. 02/27 12pm
3pm
SAT. 03/5 Indiana Wesleyan 12pm
3pm
MON. 03/7 2pm
TUE. 03/22 Truett McConnell College 3pm

 

Everyone should grab the blankets and fold-up chairs out of the closet and come down for TFC’s multi-time National Championship winning team’s first home game!

 

*Featured image borrowed from Mandy Sullivan.

Eagles Take Regional Championship

The magic continued for the TFC baseball team this past weekend as the Eagles captured the NCCAA Division II South Regional Championship winning the final game of the tournament 8-3. After a receiving a bye on Thursday, the Eagles started the tournament on Friday by defeating Florida Christian College 7-3. With the win, the Eagles extended their 12 game winning streak and improved to 28-15-1 on the season. Sophomore Justin Key pitched a complete game for the Eagles and Junior Corey Warner dominated at the plate as he hit three doubles in the game. Senior Cory Klassen also had a great day at the plate driving in 3 runs.

The Eagles then lost their first game on Saturday of the double elimination tournament falling 7-5 to FCC, as FCC had advanced through the loser’s bracket. The loss set up the championship game against FCC which the Eagles won 8-3. Junior Micah Ellington started the game pitching for the Eagles and senior Nate Bowen relieved Ellington with one out in the fourth. In the fourth inning, with the score tied 2-2, with two outs, freshman, Zach Warner nailed a two-run double scoring Wesley Warren and Josh Ward. Senior Cam Fulcher then drove in Warner with a single and the Eagles led 5-2. Bowen gave up a solo homerun in the top of the 6th inning, but the Eagles scored three runs in the bottom of the inning when junior, Andrew Thorne and Cory Klassen both hit shots to deep left doubling off the wall giving the Eagles an 8-3 lead. After the game Bowen commented on the season and the regional championship. “I have had a great year on the mound, but I know it’s nothing more than God blessing me my last year of ball. The championship game was a lot of fun, but I knew I couldn’t make a lot of mistakes because Florida Christian is well coached and disciplined team.” Bowen also was sure to give credit to Thorne and Sophomore Jordan Coullaird for making awesome defensive plays along with giving credit to the rest of the defense for their outstanding play.

After the game, the Eagles were presented with their first Regional championship banner since 1995 and All-Conference honors were given. Thorne received All-Conference Honorable Mention. Sophomore Dylan Charles, Couillard, Bowen and Zach Warner were named to the All-Conference first team. Zach Warner was also named Freshman of the Year and Bowen received Pitcher of the Year. TFC Head Coach Justin Pollock also earned Coach of the Year.

The Eagles have now earned the right to defend their NCCAA Division II championship from a year ago as they will be traveling to Ohio for NCCAA Division II World Series. When asked about going to nationals with a chance to repeat Bowen said, “The team needs to stay focused and humble because all the teams there are great and are fighting for the same title. Expectations for the team are high this year, but nothing will be met if we forget the basic fundamentals of the game. As a team we realize this is an awesome opportunity and will never forget to give God the glory for the talent he has blessed us with this year.” GO EAGLES!

The Boys of the Game

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.