Days 7 & 8: Fort Myers, Fla.
Athletics - posted on 3/20/2009Assistant director of sports information Chris Lindeke brings you daily coverage from Port Charlotte and Fort Myers, Fla., where the Lakeland baseball team will play 12 games in seven days between Sunday, March 15, and Saturday, March 21.
FORT MYERS, Fla. - It is just after 11 a.m. EST, and Lakeland players and coaches are preparing for today's doubleheader against St. Michael's, which begins at 4 p.m. EST.
The team was a little down yesterday following the 7-5 loss to St. Lawrence
. The Muskies took a 5-1 lead after three innings, and held a 5-4 advantage until the Saints tallied three runs in the bottom of the seventh.
The fact that Lakeland beat the same team 17-4 just three days ago made the setback especially disappointing.
Following the game, Lakeland coach Chris Thousand and assistant coach Michael Bachar addressed the team for a little longer than usual. The team, which has now lost five in a row, broke to a call of "NEW START." Hopefully they took that to heart.
I had a chance to head out to the bullpen during yesterday's game. It is a wild and crazy bunch out there, led by assistant coach Ed Michael, but that's par for the course when it comes to bullpens in baseball. I was welcomed with open arms by Coach Michael and the 8-10 pitchers who were out there during that time.
With the rest of the day off and no further team activities planned, everyone was on their own. Players headed to the beach, swam, played beanbags, watched NCAA basketball and relaxed. With five games in the past 48 hours, we all took advantage of the time off.
It is a beautiful day today, with a nice calm breeze to offset a hot sun. The sun is a welcome site after consecutive days of cool, overcast weather with rain sprinkled in.
A bunch of us are headed to the pool now. Look out for a recap of today's action later tonight, as well as a final blog post from Fort Myers tomorrow morning.
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