Play Ball! SUNY Baseball Kicks Off

Anthony Beers, Staff Writer

Despite the fact that the gloomy Oneonta winter is lingering, spring is around the corner. One of the finest traditions in sports this time of year is the commencement of baseball after a long winter. As the sun finally begins to shine, the gloves and bats come out from underneath the mattresses and dreams of hope sweep the nation. It doesn’t matter what team you support or what kind of offseason they’ve had, when it’s spring there’s hope for everyone in the baseball world, from the ace pitchers to the ball boys. Baseball is a grand tradition with a beautiful reminder that some things never have to change, and that everyone has a chance to make their baseball season memorable. This tradition is returning quickly to the cold city of hills, Oneonta.

The men’s season kicked off Saturday, March 2 on the road with back to back doubleheaders against Rowan University and Johns Hopkins University. The Red Dragons unfortunatley dropped all four games, getting outscored 26-9 in the games but the season is still young. A majority of the baseball games start on the road and the team’s first home game isn’t until Thursday, March 28. But the team is led by head coach Benjamin Grimm and returning seniors Rob Peluso, Ivan Plata, Chris Massaroni, Dean Haussel, Matt Salvatore, Thomas Hand and Nate Jones.

On Friday March 22, the women’s softball team will begin their season in Clermont, Florida with a double header against Plymouth State University and Macalester University. The girls won’t be back in New York until their road matchup against Fredonia State on March 29. Their first home game will be on Friday, April 5 against Plattsburgh State. The girls are led by head coach Liz Wagner and their only senior, Kalyn Deso.

With baseball fast approaching, be sure to support your Oneonta Red Dragons and Lady Dragons. This will be the last memories of some seniors that have put their heart and soul into their sport. They can always use the support of fans, so by all means come out and support your school teams, especially when the sun is shining.

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