Hoping for a home run of a season

The W&L Baseball Team hopes to build upon the success it had last year.

Hoping for a home run of a season

Mac Trammell

Washington and Lee’s Baseball team exhibits a quiet confidence as it enters its 2015 campaign.

After an 18-13 season in 2014, in which the Generals recorded the fewest losses since 2008, this year’s team is ready to build on last year’s success.

Head coach Jeff Stickley, who is in his 29th year at the helm for the Generals, wants his players to finally get out on the diamond.

“Baseball, compared to any other sport, you just need to play,” he said. “The only way to get better is to play.”

The Generals have played three games in the young season, going 2-1, including a dramatic come-from-behind final inning rally in the first game. Down five runs entering the seventh inning of the first half of a double header, the Generals touched off eight runs in the frame to secure an 11-8 win over George Washington University.

“That’s a pretty good accomplishment,” Stickley said, “being down and scoring a bunch right at the end, not getting shook.”

Senior outfielder and captain Drew Weprinsky agreed.

“That was good for us early in the season,” he said. “Going into the game if we’re down, it’s possible to make a big comeback. It’s always good to have that confidence.”

The team certainly has confidence—its goal being to make and win the ODAC tournament. But both Weprinsky and Stickley know that improvements must be made in order to get to that level of play.

“I think we’ll do a better job of throwing strikes, hitting,” Stickley said. “It’s just a matter of experience.”

“You don’t know in baseball until you play.”

Weprinsky added that he’d like to see the team average less than an error a game in addition to never dropping both games of a double header.

“I want to try to make sure everyone gets better,” he said, “do everything I can so that, as a team, we can reach the ultimate goal, which is an ODAC championship.”

It certainly won’t be an easy accomplishment with 30 games left in the regular season before the conference tournament and formidable in-conference matchups yet to be played against the likes of Shenandoah, Bridgewater, and Hampden-Sydney.

“It’s a long season,” said Weprinsky. “I have to make sure everyone stays motivated.”

The Generals’ scheduled double-header for this Saturday against Marymount was postponed due to poor weather and chilly temperatures. The following matchup will be against Elmira on Wednesday.

And Coach Stickley believes only one outcome will be appropriate.

“We expect to win.”