The Garrett College Baseball team will open up their 2018 campaign in Myrtle Beach, SC on Friday, March 2nd. The Lakers will play Suffolk County (NY) and Coastal Carolina's Club team on Friday. Saturday, March 3'rd, the Lakers will face Penn St. Dubois and Olney Central (IL).
"It's a good trip for us. Guys are excited to get this season rolling. We will practice on Wednesday and Thursday, before playing on Friday and Saturday", says 14th year, Head Coach, Eric Hallenbeck.
The Lakers will look to rebound from a 22-30 record last year. With only eight returning players, there are a lot of new faces in 2018; twenty-two to be exact, with eighteen Freshmen. "Losing thirty games last year and only bringing back eight from that squad is not a coincidence. We brought back the guys we thought could help us turn it around this year and we think we brought in a solid recruiting class with a good mix of freshmen and transfers," said Hallenbeck.
The Lakers will return from Myrtle Beach, SC and open their MDJUCO season at neighboring Allegany College of Maryland on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 for a single game starting at 3pm. The Lakers will play a heap of away games in March, including a seond trip to Myrtle Beach, SC over spring break. The Lakers will finish up their regular season at home on May 3'rd as they host MDJUCO and Region XX Opponent, Frederick at 3pm.
So how good will the Lakers be in 2018? "I have no idea", stated Hallenbeck. "It's not up to me anyway how good we will be. I don't pitch, bat or play defense. I think we are talented, but that doesn't win any games. I thought we were talented last year and we lost 30. Ultimately it's up to the players on how good we will be. There are all kinds of question marks every year heading into a season. Will players buy into what you're doing? Will everyone accept their roles? Will they do what's asked of them academically, athletically and socially? Will they not be afraid to fail? Will they compete on a daily basis? Will they be good teammates? Are they willing to be unselfish? Will they stay off their social media accounts, and gaming systems long enough to get extra swings in or extra ground balls in on their own? If we have more yes answers than no answers to these questions we should be fine," Hallenbeck saaid. "As a coach you try and steer your players in the right direction, have conversations with them and try to make them understand what it takes to be successful not only as a player but as a person. I can lead a horse to water but I can't make him drink, is the old saying. I do like these guys. They work extremely hard athletically and they have done a lot of good things in the community, on campus and in the classroom this year", added Hallenbeck.