Bats come alive for Sunday’s scrimmage

Colin Ritsick

With less than two weeks remaining until the first game of the season, the Georgia Southern University baseball team held its fourth intrasquad scrimmage on Super Bowl Sunday.

As close to Opening Day as the Eagles are, there were a bit too many ground balls booted and plays not made for Head Coach Rodney Hennon’s comfort.

“The biggest thing right now is cleaning up our defense. We struggled making a few routine plays,” Hennon said.

As for the offensive side of the ball, bats were cracking left and right in the cool, crisp afternoon air. Last weekend’s scrimmages were heavy on pitching with many of the hitters appearing behind, but on Sunday the players did a better job of making contact.

“We did a better job of getting the barrel on the ball compared to last weekend,” Hennon said.

Sophomore catcher Chase Griffin was one of the players with an improved approach at the plate on Sunday. With his squad leading 2-0 early in the scrimmage, he roped a stand-up double to the warning track that scored two runners, putting his tem up 4-0. Griffin was named to multiple All-America lists after his standout freshman season last year which featured a .320 average 10 homeruns and 42 RBI.

Griffin and his teammates will look to upset the No. 29 ranked University of Georgia when the Bulldogs roll into town February 15th for the season opener. First pitch is set for 6:00 pm.