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SPORTS

March 21, 2014

The Critic, Page 6

Baseball, Softball Snowed In Harsh Winter Keeping Teams Indoors

Corey Wells Sports Editor

Winter continues to pound the Northeast, stranding Lyndon’s baseball and softball teams indoors to practice. Although spring has arrived, it doesn’t looks as though the baseball and softball teams will start their regular season any time soon. The fields are blanketed with snow leaving the teams stuck to work their craft in the Stannard Gymnasium. Mother Nature has left some players frustrated with being forced to practice inside and eager to get on the field. “I want to go out there with a snow blower and clear the field, otherwise we’re never getting on there,” Michael Cartularo said. Cartularo is a senior infielder on the baseball team. Brandon Flood, who is entering his third year as a pitcher for the baseball team, says although the situation is tough he is keeping a positive output. “It’s not an ideal situation, but we have to make the best of what we have,” Flood said. “We’re lucky we have a gym to practice

in. A lot of kids in this world don’t get to play baseball, whether it would be on the baseball field or in the gym. “Thankfully, we are lucky enough to have a coach [Thomas White] who has good manager skills and keeps everyone motivated inside. He’s able to put in drills and find little things that we can do inside to make ourselves better. It would be easy enough to say ‘well we are inside what can we do?’ But he finds ways daily to push us and challenge ourselves to be better.” Thomas White is in his first season as head coach of the baseball team. For the baseball team the regular season was supposed to begin on Wednesday, Mar. 19, a doubleheader at Becker College. Those games were cancelled due to snow. The team is hoping to get the chance to play on Sunday against Westfield State, but it doesn’t look promising. The softball team is scheduled begin its regular season tomorrow at Mitchell. Unlike the baseball team, the women have been lucky enough to step onto a softball field this year. They played ten games in Florida during winter break.

Sophomore Zach Hatin throwing in the Stannard Gymnasium Photo by Bryan Barber during baseball practice in 2013. The baseball and softball team are forced to practice indoors this season as winter continues on well past mid-March.

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