The Southeastern baseball team wrapped up its annual fall camp. The installation of new infield turf at Alumni Field, scheduled for late October, forced the Lions to assemble a hasty work regimen.
The camp ended last Wednesday, approximately one month earlier than normal. Despite the quick start, Head Coach Matt Riser praised his team’s dedication to the game.
“I really like the mentality right now,” said Riser. “We’ve got fifteen new guys on the club, but they’ve gone with the right idea. Every day, they’re working to get better.”
The team engaged in intrasquad scrimmages after each week of camp, with members separating into Green and Gold. According to Riser, these competitions prepare the players to succeed in game situations once the season arrives. It also functions as a team-building exercise, helping to strengthen the relationships between newcomers and veteran members.
“We tend to hold each to a certain standard,” said sophomore shortstop Brennan Breaud. “We all play harder when we’re playing each other, and there’s more friendly competition.”
The fall season culminates with a five-game intrasquad contest, known as the Heart of a Lion World Series. Senior players act as the captains on each team and participate in a draft held at the coach’s house.
According to senior infielder and current captain Derrick Mount for choosing players from the roster depend solely on what position each captain deems necessary for his team. Drafted players are then announced on the official Twitter page of Lions Athletics, for fans to follow.
“Each scrimmage, you want to go out and beat the other team,” said Mount. “The Fall World Series is a chance to get out there and show what you’ve improved on during camp.”