View from Two: The changing goals of our program and mid-season reflections

Our baseball program has changed quite a bit over the past few years. Expectations have been raised. Just a couple of years ago, one of the goals of the varsity team was just to have a winning record. When that was done a little bit more was expected. During my freshman year, the varsity team set the school record for most victories in a single season. My sophomore year, our varsity team won our district, the first time Hamilton had done so in nearly two decades. One of the reasons for greater success recently is there is more dedication from the players to get better each day and from the coaches to not let any team settle for less than they are capable of.

Right now our team record is 8-6 overall and 3-2 in the O-K Green. All six of our losses, however, have been by three runs or less, and two of them in extra innings. One of my favorite times so far this year was during our 15-12 loss to West Ottawa in the championship game at the Martin E. Ball tournament. West Ottawa needed just one base hit in the bottom of the fifth to mercy us 14-4. But we stopped them and scored in the sixth and seventh innings to pull within three, just coming up short.

We are coming up on our half-way point through our conference schedule. The O-K Green has already showed its strength as the are only two teams with only one loss and no one undefeated. All the teams in our conference can beat anyone else on any day. The winner of our conference is going to be the team that is ready to play every game and does not make many mistakes. With only two conference losses, both to Wyoming Park, we are still in the running.

Even though it wasn’t finished due to weather, our tournament this past weekend was a huge success. Our baseball and softball programs raised a lot of money for the Susan G. Komen for a cure foundation. It is really exciting knowing how much we helped people in the area. It shows that this season is not just about baseball, but so much more.

-Corey Schrotenboer