Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Games for a Rainy Day

This has been one of the worst springs weather-wise that I can remember in awhile. Somehow, we have only had one game postponed or cancelled, until today's postponement of our single-9 with Notre Dame College. We have played in 20 degree weather, winds in the 35 mph range, days filled with a mix of rain, snow, and hail, and throw in the fact we have only practiced on our field twice this spring. But through all that, spirits have remained high and we have posted a 15-17 overall record with an 8-11 conference mark. By no means are we happy with being under .500 but we are still in a position to compete for one of the four playoff spots. And all you can ask for is an opportunity.

Because today has now turned from game day to practice day, I would like to share one of my favorite practice drills for the infield, called Power Infield. The drill is explained by one of my former players, Ryan Tanner Schmidt so make sure the volume is up high. This is a drill that was developed during the winter months of spring training while coaching at Mount Union College. The players liked the drill so much that we adopted it as our pregame Infield/Outfield (I/O) routine, which has made a triumphant return to the pregame ritual after a two year hiatus. So sit back, take a few notes, and most importantly...enjoy!

Stay tuned to the twitter feed at www.twitter.com/thecoachscave for updates on Lake Erie Baseball all season. RAGE ON!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Cave Hibernation

It's been awhile since the last post. I guess you could say I've been in hibernation (thanks @jhabs7). But what hasn't been in hibernation, is the work put in by the team and the coaching staff. There are some definite differences between Division II and Division III baseball, and while subtle, they are there nonetheless.

Since the last post, a lot has happened. The season has not only begun, but we are ensconced in conference play. The season is nearly to the halfway point and we are sitting two games under the .500 mark at 10-12 (3-7 GLIAC) with a huge four-game series starting today against Tiffin University. As in most seasons, there have been some games we lost which could have been wins, and conversely, we've snagged a few wins from the jaws of defeat, so the record is a pretty accurate representation of the way we've played...to this point.

What the record does not show is the capability of this team when we are running on all cylinders. I think we got a glimpse of that on Thursday at Ashland. But as I continue to make the transition from DIII to DII, the program itself continues to make a similar transition into DII conference play. There is still plenty of baseball left to be played, and the fun part of this game will be to watch the players go through the ups and downs of conference play and figure out what adjustments need to be made on a daily basis, which will enable them, and us, to be successful.

While the posts may be fewer and farther between, the twitter updates remain constant. Be sure to check out www.twitter.com/thecoachscave for updates all season long. Also check out Lake Erie's official athletic website at www.LakeErieStorm.com and www.twitter.com/lecsports for recaps, box scores, and live stats. RAGE ON!