by Jocelyn Moses
The Eagles’ baseball team made history this year as they began their season with one of the earliest played outdoor baseball games recoded in Minnesota’s history. The team played against rival Bethel and though they lost it was a well-played and hard fought game. Junior Braxton Lindow stated, “It was a lot of fun being able to get outside early and play a February game against Bethel. It’s not every year that we have a 65 degree day to play baseball in February, so that was fun to be a part of.”
During spring break the Eagles traveled down to Florida to participate in many games. The team competed against many other colleges from around the U.S. It provided great preparation for the season to begin. The eagles were able to play in great weather and compete against some great teams.
“A highlight of the trip was winning a fifteen inning game against Kenyon College when we came back and scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the fifteenth inning,” commented junior Braxton Lindow.
The Eagles have lost six of their games by only one or two runs.
“Even though our record doesn’t look great on paper, we’re confident with what we have going forward,” Lindow said. “Our goal is to get better every day and reach our peak as tournament time comes.”
As the Eagles continue daily practices and work hard towards their goal of getting better, the team is growing closer and learning to work as a team. Keeping Christ at the center the Eagles baseball team is excited for what comes next this season.
The women’s softball team has many returning players and a batch of fresh talent to add to their depth. The team and coaches are excited for what the season has to offer and what they will accomplish as they strive for the same goals.
Sophomore Courtney Guetter stated, “Florida was so much fun. We played a lot of games and made tons of friends from other teams. It was really cool to meet softball girls from all around the U.S. We made friends with this team from New Jersey and their accents were sweet. What I liked most about playing down in Florida was the ministry we got to partake in. After each game we asked the other team to pray with us and it is one of my favorite parts of Florida, because the teams don’t know us and don’t expect it. It’s really cool to see how teams react and how interested and excited some of them get.”
The Eagles were able to not only compete and improve their softball skills, but they were also able to grow closer in their relationships with one another and develop new friendships along the way.
“The Florida trip was great,” Coach Alicia du’Monceaux said. “We played 14 varsity games and 1 JV game and were able to grow as a team on an off the field. We were able to learn a lot, improve throughout the week and have things brought up that we will continue to work on. The games we play in Florida really allow our team to get in a lot of games, see what we need to work on, figure out strengths and weaknesses of our team and allow us to grow closer off the field as well.”
Softball has become more to them than just a game. Guetter also commented “Softball has impacted my life immensely. It has deepened my faith and it has shown me the importance of friendship, perseverance, and time management. The girls have become more like family.”
“It’s my family,” junior Jennifer Ankrom stated. “I have 19 other sisters and we get the opportunity to learn together, fight for each other, pray for each other and live in a Christ like community together, and it’s one of the biggest blessings in my life.”
Their relationships with one another help push them to pursue their goals as a team. As Coach du’ Monceaux stated, “The team goals for this season are to play UNW Softball no matter who is in the opposing dugout, to be each other’s biggest fans regardless of our own personal play, and to honor and glorify God in all that we do so that others may see a difference in the way we play as a team together. If we do those three things, the wins will come.”