The field might not look ready, but Oklahoma Christian University men’s baseball team is ready to start their season and play on the field. With the return of baseball at Oklahoma Christian, both the players and the field are headed toward the first baseball season in seven years.
The team has been practicing all year long getting ready for their first game of the year. Sophomore baseball player Andrew Everson has confidence about the upcoming season.
“Yeah I think we are ready,” Everson said. “You can always say that there is room for improvement, but I think thus far we have worked as hard as we can.”
In passing, the field looks incomplete but the playing surface is completed, allowing the scheduled games to continue. The dugouts, places for fans and the extra materials to make the field look finished are now what are left to complete. Oklahoma Christian senior Kevin Trowbridge has found that seeing the changes in the field, and the team, makes the upcoming season more anticipated.
“It is pretty exciting to watch the field go up and watch the team practices,” Trowbridge said.
Giving everything he can to the team, head coach Chuck White has been preparing his players for the game while also preparing the field and coming up with new ideas. White has continually been involved with the construction of the field, trying to make sure certain areas are completed. He also is thinking of ways to make sure the student body wants to get involved and support baseball.
White is also teaming up with SGA and Wes McKinzie, director of Athletic Marketing and Communication, to get the students involved in a way that both the team and students can benefit. There have not been too many ideas for the first game, but other ideas are out there.
“It is sort of a soft launch, if you will, in that were not doing a ton of things around that opener, aside from a few things that will be done with SGA,” McKinzie said
Trowbridge plans to support the baseball team and is ready for it to be back at Oklahoma Christian.
“Baseball is something that everyone in America is supposed to like. I like it,” Trowbridge said. “It is really exciting knowing a lot of the baseball players and hearing them getting excited about it is fun.”
Everson hopes students will find time to support the baseball team through any situation.
“I hope that they will want to come out to every home game possible, against weather or what the papers might say about us and the other team,” Everson said. “I hope they will act like baseball was never gone and come support us every time they can.”
The season is about to start and White, McKinzie and SGA are meeting to discuss how to get students involved for the first game and the rest of the season. Plans have already begun for the first game with Max Dobson to throw the first pitch. The baseball field has been named after Dobson because of his great accomplishments with Oklahoma Christian’s baseball team, as he was the coach for 14 years.
“It will be a traditional baseball atmosphere,” McKinzie said. “Were excited about bringing baseball back.”
McKinzie is publicizing many of the events that are being planned for the baseball season. A dedication of the field is planned for later in the season when the weather is warmer and there are hopes for a student section.
“I would say it might be of interest to show up,” McKinzie said. “We have a lot of things in the works for the student body.”
The season starts Feb. 8 with a home doubleheader against Peru State College. The first pitch will be thrown at 1 p.m.