Being a baseball team captain is one student’s home run

Our reporter shares his joy in his duties

Young man in Knights baseball uniform and cap

By Kevon Davis

Knightly News Reporter and Knights Third Baseman

The author, with support from Coach Robert Stern. Photo courtesy Kevon Davis

My Knights baseball experience last year was wonderful, and the upcoming season is promising to offer me another exciting opportunity to learn, and to grow, as an athlete and a team member.

I’ll have the great opportunity to be a team captain.

My responsibilities are very important to me on and off the field and, in fact, the experience has begun.

During games and practices, I will be a line leader – a person who is at the front of the line and helps lead stretches.

I’m doing that now – I started in the spring, last season. I help guide first-year players when they need assistance or are confused about a drill during practice.

Off the field, I make sure everyone knows what time practice is and what time we must be on site to stretch and warm up.

Head Coach Robert Stern calls me “Ryan Howard (former Phillies first baseman), because we have the same play style and body build, only he’s 6’4” and I’m 5’9”.”

This year, Coach Stern has more than 40 players on the team, so memorizing everyone’s name has been a struggle, but that’s a challenge I’m up to.

We have a lot of young talent on this team, and I am excited to see what we can do this year. I’m looking forward to it.

Last year, the team finished 16-12, and this season, with more than 35 games on the roster, we are looking forward to finishing with a better record.

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Edited by media-club co-adviser and blog conent editor Professor Michael Lear-Olimpi.