Today marked the end of one of PCB’s most disappointing seasons in recent memory. After beginning the season with a stellar Fall series vs. Rowan, the team tumbled down a steep slope in the Spring. Poor execution, lack of attendance, scheduling, and tough breaks plagued us the last ten games.
We began by losing a non-conference DH to a very strong Penn State team. Our next series brought conference rival Rider to Mieklejohn Stadium on a beautiful early April weekend. Unfortunately, PCB struggled on both the defensive and offensive side of ball and lost three games. However, the highlight of the season came when we rallied in the bottom of the 7th with 8 runs; we ultimately lost after three extra innings. After Rider, we faced TCNJ over two weekends, losing two of three. We faced the conference leaders St. Joes in our final series, and played poorly–losing all three. 4-8 in the conference and 0-2 outside wasn’t what we hoped for before the season began.
That being said, with many downs came a few ups:
–Masaru Nogami, Ben Chambers, and Stephen Chernekoff playing in every single game of the season. These three players lead the team throughout the season, putting the team over their physical health.
–Matt Powery rebounding from his broken jaw and tearing it up at the end of the season. As the senior Co-President next year, “Okie” will definitely lead PCB by example.
–Bobby Alexander retiring from the Club Hockey team and returning to Club Baseball this year.
–Joe Strege’s successful job filling in as one of the team’s best pitchers
–Frosh catcher Matt Fink catching doubleheaders despite sleepless nights
–James Emerick’s amazing chauffeuring of the team in the “Cooter Scooter.” Oh yeah, he also did well in the outfield and behind the plate
–Matt Gus’s coaching third base and surprisingly good offensive production.
–Ben Rogers ripping the ball and taking grounders of his chin.
–And finally, Luke Poethig’s return to actually playing after three years of infrequent play. Although his performance wasn’t always pretty, “The Coot” had his shining moments.
–Most importantly, PCB had one of the best years off the field in years hosting killer BBQs and mixers with some of the finest ladies the campus has to offer.
And with that, the 2012-2013 season and the Coot era comes to a close. Looking at past, present, and future, the Penn Club Baseball seems to be on the Winner’s Curve. The upswing begins next year:
–Always a big thank you to our families, friends, and Penn’s Recreation Department for supporting Penn Club Baseball throughout the season. There’s no doubt our fanbase will continue to grow in the coming years.
See you at baseball field next year!