Baseball in the Works
The Eastern New Mexico University baseball team is preparing early for the start of their 2016 season.
The junior varsity and varsity teams were getting ready earlier this week to face Odessa College for their first preseason game.
The first real game of the season isn’t until February 7th, but the team is doing anything and everything possible to be ready for Oklahoma Pan Handle once the regular season begins.
Greyhound junior short stop Zach Blaeser said, “We are currently doing our off season weights, getting up at six, even five in the morning to get ready and go to work.”
Blaeser said he is getting ready to earn his spot on the forty-five-man varsity team. “I’m doing a lot of footwork workouts, a lot of hitting, [and] just trying to stay fit, ready and focused for the season,” he said.
The players are not the only ones excited to get the season started.
Coach Matt Sena and the team are excited about their first preseason game on Sunday.
“Their excited to get out there and compete against another team, instead of beating each other up [indoors] and making up competitions,” Sena said. “They are excited to go out there and actually play another team and get competitive.”
The Greyhounds have about 70 players that make the roster, and the athletes have to compete to earn their spot on the varsity squad. David Gomez, lost 13 players due to graduation last year, so he will be seeing many new faces on the team.
The team will begin their much anticipated home games against Adams State towards the end Greyhound’s record was 16-30 last year, with a conference record of 11-21. The Hounds plan to turn the tables around this year with all the new faces on the team.