On Friday March 12, the McDaniel College Baseball team took a trip down to Winter Haven, Florida. The team gave up much of their spring break time to compete in the respected RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. The Terror had a great opportunity to compete against teams outside of the Centennial Athletic Conference. McDaniel Baseball competed against many well-respected teams such as Farleigh-Dickinson University, Hamilton College, Fitchburg State College, and University of Massachusetts at Boston.
The trip not only provided challenging competition, but it also proved to bring a greater sense of camaraderie among the players on the team. Freshman Pat Quinn said, “It was a great quality bonding experience with the team throughout the trip.” In fact, the Saturday following arrival in Winter Haven, the team’s games were cancelled giving them the day off. Turns out that the unscheduled day off proved to be one of the best in terms of team bonding, not to mention a chance to catch some Florida sun rays, as the team decided to spend the day together around the pool.
When it came to playing baseball games, the team held their own and represented McDaniel well. The Green Terror came home on the positive side with four wins and three losses. Even though the teams’ Saturday games were cancelled, they competed in several double headers and at least a game every other day. Throughout their trip the team competed at a high-level and came together as a family.
The Terror must now carry this confidence and all the lessons they learned into Centennial Conference play. If they do, anything is possible for this group of McDaniel athletes.