March 6, 2012
Senior catcher J.T. Watkins will take Army baseball fans on a journey throughout the 2012 season through his blog Behind the Plate. Watkins, who is serving as one of the Black Knights' co-captains this year, was an All-Patriot League selection last season. Check back weekly to follow along with the inside happenings of the Army baseball team.
After the first three weeks, we're off to a decent start, but there are some good things to take away from it. In comparison, we started 3-6 in 2009. That same year we went on to do pretty well. Although it is important to start off on the right foot, where you finish is even more important. Despite winning two of three games the past two weekends, we're still looking for a sweep. Both of the past two weekends, we've lost the final game of a three game series, and gone home a little disappointed, so we definitely want to focus on finishing well each game and each weekend throughout the rest of the season.
These first three weeks have also included some pretty great individual performances. Harold Earls, Alex Jensen, and Chris Rowley have each won awards, but there are other guys who have done a lot to help our team succeed. A part of starting a new season is everyone finding their role, and I think guys are starting to get comfortable with it, and it shows.
This weekend we travel to Tampa, Fla., for our spring trip. The trip will give us 10 days of focus strictly on baseball. Fortunately for our program, the New York Yankees have allowed us to practice at their facility. Without their facility and support, the trip would not be the same. We'll play some good ball clubs down south starting with a three-game set against a veteran Sacred Heart team. We end up playing a total of seven games in eight days against Sacred Heart, Nebraska-Omaha, Iowa and Illinois State. Everyone is looking forward to playing again, especially during a week we can really come together as a team. With another week of hard work and preparation, I know we'll have an opportunity to do well.