Baseball coach DJ Whittemore honored 11 sophomores between games on Sunday, April 27. A ceremony, which included the playersâ€™ parents, recognized sophomores Spencer Greer, Sam Hall, Conor Harber, Connor Klein, Rayne Raven, Joey Crunkilton, Alex Fife, Tony Roque, Christian Stolo, Jeremy Alderman and Spenser Dorsey.
â€œIt was the first time in nine years that I had to talk about the players immediately after a loss,â€ Whittemore said. â€œIt was particularly frustrating because we gave up a season high in runs and it was only the third time in 48 games where we gave up more than six runs.
â€œBut we try to have a big-picture approach to how much those players have accomplished; itâ€™s a lot more than just one game. When all 11 are graduating on time, that speaks volumes on them as a group and individually. Iâ€™m not going to compare this to a tour of duty, but itâ€™s not easy to make it through this program two straight years. They have high character, great work ethic and a love and passion for the game of baseball.â€
â€œThis yearâ€™s schedule has been the most difficult weâ€™ve ever played and to be 34-14 right now is pretty remarkable,â€ Whittemore said. â€œThey deserve all of the credit. Their sweat equity, their buy-in, their chemistry, thatâ€™s allowed them to be so successful.â€