Baseball and Softball finish season games

SNU Baseball dugout. Photo by Kira Roberts.

Kira Roberts, Layout Editor
Along with the rest of school activities, baseball and softball seasons have come to an end with the close of the semester.  Baseball finished out their season last Saturday with a record of 20-25 and softball ended at 19-33.  Sophomore Sports Information major, Zach Friesen plays second base on the baseball team and had a few comments about the season.
“Overall, the season was pretty disappointing, considering the expectations we had placed upon ourselves before the season started, but the guys did a good job of not getting down on themselves and never quitting on each other,” he said.
Sophomore Whitney Linder said, “I thought we started out really strong but went through a rough patch during the middle of the season.  However the team came together closer to the end of the season, which allowed us to end on a good note.”
Linder plays right field for the softball team.  She said that while they ended on a good note, the negative side was that the team had the record they ended with, which resulted in them not making the conference tournament.
According to Friesen, injuries took a toll on the team from the very beginning, with key players like Cody Nelson, Ryan McIntosh, and Jake Bidelman all going down early in the spring and a bunch of guys getting banged up throughout the semester.  However, the guys did a great job of working to overcome these obstacles.
“I think over the last year we’ve done a good job of coming together as a group through all of the adversity we’ve faced and it’s made us stronger as a group and really created a foundation for our program.  But it order to get better next year, we really have to work on being more consistent and playing our best ever time we hit the field, as well as avoiding mental mistakes,” Friesen said.
“The best memory of the season for me would be beating Oklahoma City on their home field.  They were ranked second in the nation at the time and to see everyone so fired up during the game was just awesome,” he said.
“One of my favorite memories from the season was when we beat Angelo State at our first tournament, which was the fourth ranked team,” Linder said.