General of the Week: Chadwick Feeley, ’19

Shortstop Chadwick Feeley, ’19, has made quite an impact for the Generals throughout out-of-conference play this season. During the baseball team’s Washington Break trip down south, Feeley tied the Generals’ single-game hits record with five in the team’s 10-5 victory over Huntingdon College. Feeley went 5-for-6 with a double, one RBI and one run scored. Since the record- setting game, Feeley was named ODAC Baseball Player of the Week and was named to’s Team of the Week. The Phi sat down with Feeley to discuss the season thus far, and see where the Generals are headed.

Chadwick Feeley, 19. Photo courtesy of W&L Sports Info

Ellen Kanzinger

Chadwick Feeley, ’19. Photo courtesy of W&L Sports Info

Kathryn Young

Ring-tum Phi: What inspired you to start playing baseball?

Chadwick Feeley: My dad showed me the game from a young age and I always enjoyed watching the professionals play. I simply fell in love with the game from when I was a kid and I haven’t ever wanted to stop.

Phi: What made you want to pursue baseball at the collegiate level?

CF: Just the love for the game. When high school was ending, I knew I was not ready to end my baseball career, and with the opportunity to go to school and play baseball here at W&L, I couldn’t turn that down.

Phi: How do you feel the season has been going thus far?

CF: We had very high expectations going into this year for our team and I think the pressure got to us a little bit. As a team, I know everyone has been expecting a little better, but I feel like we are playing much more loose and having a little more fun now. I am confident we have started to turn things around and that it will continue the rest of the year.

Phi: What are some of the greatest strengths of this year’s team?

CF: [Our] greatest strengths are our pitching and defense. We feel like with our pitchers we have a chance to compete with any team in the country.

Phi: Can you describe how you felt after finding out you tied the W&L single-game hits record?

CF: I was very excited when I found out. It is an awesome achievement and an honor to be included with the other people who have done it. I was happy for myself and happy that I could help the team get a win.

Phi: What has contributed the most to your success this season?

CF: I think just being around a team that all has the same goals and aspirations as I do has helped me work harder and be more focused. With all my teammates supporting me and push- ing me to do my best I think that has been the biggest help to my success.

Phi: What are your personal goals for this season?

CF: The only personal goal I have is to do everything in my power to help the team win as many games as possible. I just want to be pre- pared for any situation that may arise so I know without a doubt that I have done everything pos- sible to help the team.

Phi: What is your favorite Generals Baseball memory?

CF: My favorite moment is in last year’s ODAC tournament. We were playing Hampden-Sydney who had beaten us two times in the regular season. It was an awesome, hard-fought game and we ended up having a one run lead going into the last inning. There were two outs and a runner on second for Hampden-Sydney and they got a base hit to center field. Our centerfielder last year, Luke Myer [‘16], made a perfect throw to home to throw the runner out and the game was over.

Phi: Do you have any game day rituals?

CF: I always take a shower in the locker room before any game or away road trip. I like to use it as a time to relax and mentally prepare for the game.

Phi: What is your favorite thing to do off the field?

CF: I love to play basketball. I played in high school and I miss playing a lot. So any time I get a break from school and baseball I love to go to the gym and play.