When a team looks back on a week of games where a few losses have taken place, there is usually a sense of hopelessness and a feeling that the season might be over. This is not the case for the 2018 Eagles Baseball team. While disappointed in the outcomes, there is still plenty of baseball to be played and just as Coach Tim Brown has told his guys numerous times for years, "Rome wasn't built in day."
If you did not have a chance to catch any of the action last week, it can be summed up as bad luck, good memories, and fight. When talking about bad luck, we are obviously talking about the Eagles losing, senior leader and backbone of the team, Ryan Hines to another hamstring injury that also brought his junior season to an early finish last year. If we are being honest, "bad luck" might not even be the right word, because for those of us who have come to know and love Ryan Hines the last three years, I think the feeling around the program would be more of nauseating, sick feeling in your stomach, while your heart simultaneously breaks for a kid who puts so much work into his craft. While prognosis was not as bad as originally thought to be, Hines is hopeful to take the field for the Eagles in the near future to end his career on the diamond the right way.
On Friday night, the Eagles held the annual "Pink Out" night in order to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer. From the lines on the field, to the accessories on the players and the sea of pink that swept through the crowd, it was a beautiful evening to stand in the fight against this awful disease. The highlight of the game happened before the game even started, when the Eagles Baseball team was able to honor four women who so courageously fought and battled breast cancer. Ashley Hartley (GCS high school teacher), Nancy McDaniel (GCS High School Principal), Kelly Guy (Mom of Freshman Grayson Guy), and Betty Stowe (Grandmother of Freshman Bennett Stowe) all took the field to be honored. Most of all, it was a night to give thanks to the Lord for his provision in each of these ladies lives and also a time to pray for those who are currently battling breast cancer.
On Saturday morning, the Eagles were up early on a road trip to Asheville to take on one of North Carolina's top-ranked teams in Christ School. After an unfortunate slate of games during the week, the Eagles showed heart and fight and came up just short against a talented Christ School, 6-4. Nate Ledford took the mound for the Eagles with another solid outing. At the plate, the Eagles were led by the two freshmen, Grayson Guy, going 3 for 4, and Cody Chapman, coming up with two big hits.
In a week that could be devastating for team morale, the Eagles pushed through adversity and continue to push forward this season. The fight that was shown on Saturday was enough to show the Eagles that they can play at a high level. With the season coming to an end in a few weeks, the Eagles look to peak at the right time and play their best ball down the stretch. Gaston Christian takes the field on Tuesday at 4:30pm in a big conference matchup.