by Hanna Laue ‘17
As the season’s end is quickly approaching, Gordon’s baseball players are disappointed in how their season has panned out.
The Scots (7-16) kicked off their season in Florida over spring break, where they only won three of the nine games played. At the beginning of April, they got off to a solid start in the conference with a 2-2 record. However, as the season continued, they suffered back-to-back losses against both Salve Regina and Curry.
With higher expectations set at the start, Christopher Leavitt ‘19 compared last year’s team to this year’s. He said,“We came into the season expecting to be at or near the top of our conference. Last year, we were so young that I think tying the school wins record was a surprise to a lot of people, but it never was to us. This year we had hoped to build on that.”
Christian Hodge ‘19 expressed that although there are 12 new freshmen this year, the dynamic is not different. He admitted, however, that “all of the losses have threatened to bring our team down” and make “[us] doubt that we are as good as we really are.”
Leavitt expressed a similar concern. He said, “The dynamic is different in the sense that we expected to be a dominant team this season, and at times we have been, but I think our recent struggles as a team have frustrated us as a unit.”
When asked about the most rewarding part of the season so far, Leavitt said, “The diamond in the rough would definitely have to be finding out how good of a team we can be when we put all three facets of the game together: pitching, defense and hitting. Beating the number 24 ranked team in the country (Suffolk) showed us what we can be when we are going right. I think that has to be where our mind stays the rest of the season.”
In terms of individual statistics, Dean Demers ‘17 is a remarkable standout in both his batting average and fielding. With a .435 batting average, Demers leads the Scots in hits and total bases. Hodge, another key player at bat, has earned a .355 average so far this season. Demers and Hodge each have 15 RBIs.
Though their losses outweigh their wins, the Scots remain hopeful in this last week of the season.
Hodge said, “The most challenging part of the season has been not allowing the win-loss record, or how bad our losses have been, bring our positive team attitude down and allowing the game of baseball that we all love to stress us out.”