View from Two: Lessons from the Red Wings and ’07

As our season started this year, some people thought we were too hyped up. With a 7-6 start to the season, things just weren’t going the way we had hoped they would. But in our last 20 games we are 18-2 and pretty tough to beat. Winning a conference championship was great and a district title was even better. Now, our team is looking to go somewhere Hamilton baseball hasn’t been in a long time.

Two years ago we played in our regional game against Grand Rapids Christian at Unity Christian. This year we head back there to play Comstock Park. We are definitely hoping to do better this time around, as we got spanked pretty good 14-1. There is more confidence this time than when we were there two years ago. The mentality has changed. We had a goal to win districts two years ago and this year it was kind of an expectation. It’s going to take a great team effort and a real solid defense to continue our season.

With school ending today, coaches have been talking about keeping our focus on the task at hand. Coach mentioned that in years past, it was a little harder for some teams to remain focused during practice. However I don’t see it being a problem for us. Our practices are almost always pretty solid and that will probably be the case as we near the end. Situations like the one we are in can be really easy to press and be tight. But we’re relaxed and still having fun while keeping our focus.

The Detroit Red Wings have been a great example to our baseball team in the playoffs this year. It doesn’t matter what team they are playing or the talent of their opponents, the Red Wings play every game the same way. They play how they want to and use everyone on the ice wearing red and white to win. Go Hawkeyes and Go Wings!

-Corey Schrotenboer