The 2014 spring trip proved to be as challenging for Genesee Community College baseball head coach Skip Sherman as he thought it would be.
"We had an opportunity to look at many different options for the upcoming spring season," Sherman said. `
Last week was the team's first chance to play outside this spring and with many new faces in their lineup; the Cougars appeared to be a brand new team.
"We will start a completely new lineup in the field this season," said Sherman. "Our pitching staff will only have one returning player from last year's team."
GCC began the week in Myrtle Beach, SC and started with two losses against John Wood Community College and Danville Area Tech on Sunday and Monday. The Cougars then rebounded against Cuyahoga CC and PSU-Schuylkill on Tuesday and Wednesday to earn two wins. The team had 39 hits in its first four games but struggled to score. After the .500 start, the team would not win again on the trip.
Against Triton CC (a Division I junior college) on Thursday, Genesee had a chance to win with runners on second and third. The Cougars trailed by a run with one out in the 7th, but failed to score and lost 2-1.
Against Fredrick CC (14-2) in Maryland on Sunday, the team took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh, but a costly error turned into a disappointing 4-3 loss for the Cougars.
"This team does not represent its current record," says Sherman. "We need some work but we will be ready to compete in the regional tournament".
The team's current record is 2-10 and the Cougars will travel to Gannon University on Sunday to resume its spring schedule.