Baseball ‘can’t wait’ for conference play Baseball season is back, and the Sterling College Warriors said they are excited to get back to work and be out on the field.
“I can’t wait. Can’t wait. I’m so excited that I’m here, and I love it here. I think that, for me, [Sterling] was the right fit. I just can’t wait to do what I love everyday more consistently and get out there and play,” transfer junior Quinton Gago said.
Preseason for the Warriors began the first weekend of February in Texas. After a loss to Jarvis Christian College on day one and Texas College on day two, the Warriors dominated their second game against TC with a 16-2 victory.
“We started off decent, but we still have a lot of things we have to work on,” senior Wesley Galloway said. “Overall, we’re looking pretty good.”
The Warriors then played at home and won five of their next seven games, facing teams like Missouri Valley College, Concordia University, and Hastings College. One of the main showstoppers of these home games was the walk-off win that is quickly becoming a trend of this year’s team.
“It’s just our fight that we have in the dugout,” Gago said. “I think it comes from the pride that we have that no one is going to beat us on our field because that’s our field. It’s just guys stepping in and knowing that whatever they’re about to do is going to help the team in a positive way. Know that, believe that, and everyone in the dugout does too. We just can’t wait to hop that fence and go get that guy because he did it for us. He did it for our whole program. Not the name on his back, but the name on the front.”
Galloway agreed with Gago, saying that was the key to their late game victories.
“That’s the big thing: not giving up,” Galloway said. “Just staying within ourselves is really all it is. If we try to do too much, that’s when we’ll struggle. But when guys stay within themselves and take really good [at bats], we make things happen.”
This would lead them into a four-game weekend series in Plainview, Texas, against Wayland Baptist University. The Pioneers defeated the Warriors three games to one, evening out Sterling’s preseason record to 7-7.
“I think it was our at bats,” Gago said. “We were all trying to go yard instead of knowing that we want to pass the stick, get guys on, and that’ll equate to more runs. They were a good team. I’ll give them that. They had good hitters, but I think that we went in into it with the wrong mindset, and I think the outcome showed.”
With WBU behind them, the Warriors now prepare to begin conference with excitement and energy.
“I’m most excited for playing some home games, getting into the thick of it, better weather, and just getting into a groove as a squad because I know we can, and we’re right there,” Gago said.