Boys’ baseball, hanging in there

In close game against Delano May 29th, the Providence boys’ baseball team lost their first section game. The Lions cannot lose another game, or they will be eliminated from the tournament.

After two successful section games, the number two seeded Lions played the number one seed Delano, in the sub section finals. The Delano Tigers had an early lead in the bottom of the third inning, scoring four runs. PA rallied back with their own four runs the next inning, tying the game. The score went back and forth throughout the game. In the end, Providence lost by three runs, with a final score of 9-12.

In baseball, to be eliminated from the tournament, you have to lose twice. On May 30th, the Lions had a chance to remain in the section tournament, when they played Mound-Westonka, winning 3-2. On Monday June third, the boys will be playing against Dassel-Cokato.

In the regular season, the boys had a record of 5 wins and 4 losses.

“I feel like this season started off slow, but as we progressed, we learned how to dominate as a team,” stated Nick Pruden ’14.

Because of their early season losses, the boys learned from their mistakes what they needed to improve on.

“We needed to improve on getting focused before games,” says Pruden.

Over the season, a team gets gradually closer and more comfortable with each other.

“We have bonded as a team, throughout the wins and losses, but mostly the wins,” stated Jesse Barron ’15.

By their first section game against Brooklyn Center, the boys came into the game with a new attitude, determined to win. The result was a 11-0 victory.

“We won 11-0. We had a no hitter going into the bottom of the seventh,” states Barron.

The baseball team also defeated Fridley in the second section game, winning 3-0.

After these games, the boys fell to Delano, but then regained their strength to win the next two games.

The section games were important, but the boys had fun playing in one particular regular season game.

“My favorite game this year was Breck, because who doesn’t like beating Breck,” stated Pruden.

Nine seniors were a part of the Providence baseball program. Next year, the six remaining players will have to get used to a whole new team.

“I am really going to miss my senior buddies next year,” states Pruden.