Golden Eagle baseball determined to flip script on recent losing ways

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The Clarion Golden Eagles baseball team has started its 2014 campaign 1-1 splitting in California after a disappointing 4-40 record last year.
This year the team looks to get back on track and back to the winning ways that Clarion once had.
Mike Brown returns as head manager of the team for the seventh season with an all time record of 56-192 according to NCAA.org.
He has never coached the team to a .500 record.
Last year in 44 games the team batted .220 and only drove in 77 runs (1.75 per game).
The team ERA was horrendous at 9.82 allowing 371 runs to cross the plate.
Brown had a good amount to say about last season.
“Low points last season were like probably close to 10-11 games where one hit probably wins the game; one double play maybe wins the game. We just didn’t get over that hump that we needed to a lot of times.  The high point of last season was that every kid that started the season basically finished the season. They’re not quitters,” Brown said.
“This year they have adapted the freshman that we brought into their beliefs on what we have to do and how we’ve got to get better. That was the highest point. When we played the last game of the season, those guys were still there and they didn’t quit and we won three of our last four last year so if you look at it, we won four of our last six games so these kids are dedicated to baseball. For kids who basically play the game for free here, you can’t ask for any more.”
This year Brown wants to get off to a much better start.
“Our biggest expectation is to win games, no more “wow we were close,” and no more moral victories.  The biggest thing we did when we came back in August, we started with a couple additional coaches, and those guys have basically allowed me to be a head coach,” Brown said.
We’ve had some good freshman come in and we’ve got great senior leadership. Senior captains Nick [Maskrey], [Brett] Whitman, and Sam [Skraba], they just have taken over the reins and taken up where captains should be. They’re making the younger guys step their game up and that’s huge. Mitch Holmberg is going to be huge. He had the triple to lead off the ninth inning the other day. He’s got amazing bat speed for a freshman. He can play almost anywhere. He’s what you’d call the athlete you’d try to get that can play anywhere you need him,” Brown said.
“We also have [Kane] McCall as a freshman pitcher who got pitcher of the week this week in the PSAC west. What a job he did in his first colligate outing.  He really stepped up big. We brought a couple other young arms in, those kids are going to come up and they’re going to get their innings and hopefully they get better. My goals as a coach is just to give our kids the best opportunity they can get every time we go out on the field.”
Clarion, as of now has 43 more games scheduled for the 2014 season.
The teams next games tentatively scheduled are against the Millersville Marauders today and the East Stroudsbug University Warriors tomorrow before the team travels to South Carolina for the break.
Their PSAC West games start Friday March 21 against Mercyhurst.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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