Baseball turns it around

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Aiden Gardner ’21, gets set in his catching gear

Maria Walters, Sports Editor

Boys Varsity Baseball recovered from a rough start to the season with a three-game winning streak, beating Byron Center twice and South Christian to bring their record to 4-7  . “I think we have improved from last year,” Connor Callahan ‘22 said. “We started a little shaky, but we have recently built a better connection as this season has gone on.”

New COVID-19 rapid testings have been brought to spring sports this season. Fortunately, none of the baseball boys have been impacted with contact tracing or positive tests. “Being able to have a full season this year to make it to the playoffs and not having any positive tests is very comforting,” Brendan Burns ‘22. “Losing players for two weeks would have set us back greatly.”

This year, all of the boys are extremely close due to club baseball. “Everyone on the team knew each other coming into the season because we’ve all played baseball together growing up,” Luke Aardema ‘21 said. This has allowed the team to better prepare for what moves each other will make and where hits will go on the field. 

When it comes to upcoming games, Rockford is one of East’s biggest rivals in baseball. “I’d like to say I’m looking forward to every game, but Rockford especially this year. They are one of our biggest rivals,” said Nick Collins ‘23. 

Senior night is also coming up fast this year that will be emotional for the graduating seniors. “I’m looking forward to senior night for my senior year even though it will be sad and I will miss playing with this team for my last year,” Aardema said. 

Regardless of the outcome on the field, the team uses the season that got canceled to keep the wins and loses in perspective. “Even if we lose this year, I’m still grateful we have had this year to play without COVID-19 interruptions and mess around on the field,” Burns said.