The 2020 Harding baseball season will be full of new experiences for me after transferring from Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas this fall. I spent three seasons there, sitting out one of them after having elbow surgery, and I had a great time growing as a player and a person.
This year, I brought three years of that competitive, hard-nosed junior college spirit to an already stacked Bison baseball team. A great group of core guys returned from last season, and I think we added some pieces that can hopefully fill the shoes of those who came before us.
With only one semester under my belt here at Harding, I am surprised at the fact that I feel like I have grown more in my short time here than the three years before. This team is unlike any that I have played on. I knew Harding is a “community” place, but my brothers on the team embodied that from the first day I got here. They welcomed me with open arms and we have grinded all fall to get our family culture where it needs to be. We’ve worked tirelessly day in and day out to prepare our minds and our bodies for the rigors of a long college baseball season. All that’s left to do is play.
It’s kind of hard to have specific expectations with it being such a new experience for me, but I expect this team to be as competitive as last year, if not more so. I think we are primed and poised to make a run deep into the conference tournament with a good shot at a postseason berth.
I expect to really enjoy this season because of the guys I get to play beside. I think having them in front of and behind me will make all the difference; the wins and losses will take care of themselves. I love the coaching staff here too, and I want to thank all of them for giving me the opportunity to play here and to be a Bison.
The season is right around the corner, and I can feel that anticipated energy starting tobuild up in each and every one of us. Make sure you’re there at Jerry Moore Field to see it.