Baseball team buses south to start season
by Joe Dutcher
The Madonna Crusaders baseball team is on a 30-day stretch where they might not be seen on campus.
The team will spend much of its time on the road traveling to the likes of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia. This time away brings plenty of positives as the group buses its way around the southern states.
“My favorite part about traveling with the team is just being with all my brothers and being able to play the game we all love,” said junior Zach Schmidtke. “We're a tight group of guys. Everyone always includes everyone and we always try to do something as a team even off of the field.”
The chance for the players to see different venues is another positive for this group of ball players.
“I like to see all the new schools that we normally don't get to see. It's always cool to see the other facilities that schools have,” said senior Chase Dobbie.
“My favorite part about traveling with the team is being able to play baseball at different venues,” said junior Ryan Lambrecht. “We like to call them our business trips.”
The travel also offers a challenge as these players are away from home for long periods of time.
“It’s rigorous. You're on the bus, off the bus, you're playing a game, your getting home late, you’ve got your homework, you have social things, you have family,” said head coach Greg Haeger. “I think for them, for the kids, every aspect of travel is a challenge.”
The school work is something that is on their minds as they travel far from campus.
“When it's baseball time, it's baseball time and I make sure I am diligent with getting all my school work finished before getting on the bus so I can channel all my focus to the games at hand,” said senior Adam Prashad.
“The hardest part would be balancing my studies. It is hard to study on the bus or in the hotel rooms when we are already exhausted from the games we played earlier that day,” said junior Tayor Grzalakowski. “I try to get as much done ahead of time as possible so that I have less to worry about when we are on the road.”
The travel these players endure every season creates memories that they will carry on forever.
“The laughs, jokes, jamming out to music and at time rap battles is what I enjoy most about travel. To forget about school and current events happening in my life and to go on a road trip with my closest buddies is something I hold close to my heart and will never forget those times on the bus,” said Prashad.
The Madonna Crusaders baseball team will host its home opener March 16 versus Huntington University.