After an absence of two decades, baseball is back at Edison Community College, and off to a winning start.
There was baseball played at Edison Community College last week…for the first time in 20 years.
Yes, college baseball, of the “club” variety, as the fledgling Chargers under coach Thomas Martinez welcomed a team from Bowling Green State University, the first of two scheduled games between the two schools this season.
Twenty years is a long time between at bats, but an enthusiastic core group of Chargers made the most of their new-lease-on-baseball life, outscoring the Falcons 11-7 in the nine-inning inaugural game.
“Every time we step onto the field, these guys are reminded that they’re making history,” said Martinez. “They’re willing to do what’s necessary to lay down a solid base for the program.”
On a beautiful spring day in Miami County there was, in baseball terms, a little thunder and lightning.
Staked to an early 1-0 lead, BGSU could not make it stand. Edison pitcher John Monroe hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the second to help his own cause.
And when BG came back to tie the game at 5=5 in the top of the fifth, Charger catcher Joe Gordon (Houston) hit a solo shot in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead.
BG scored again, twice in the sixth to move in front for the third time in the game. But a five-run outburst by Edison in the bottom of the inning was all that Monroe would need to ultimately slam the door on an historic opening day win for the Chargers.
“We weren’t perfect but we didn’t get rattled. We played fundamentally sound,” said Martinez of the young Chargers. “They’ve practiced so hard and so much that they looked as if they were on autopilot after they got past the first inning jitters.”
And who could blame them for a little stage fright? Twenty years is a long time…between at bats!
* Our thanks to Edison Community College associate Chris Ballard for contributing to this post.