Thursday, February 24, 2011

It Has Been a Quick Four Years for Bryant

Well, seems like it was yesterday I was walking in to my first baseball meeting not knowing what to expect. Having 50 other players watching me walk in and grab a seat was a little intimidating but, little did I know, those guys and the ones in the future would be some of the best friends I could ever make.

Four years later I find myself with a lot more experience than I had when I was a freshman, but I am still searching for a championship ring and a regional berth.

Coming into this year, I don’t think anyone knew what to expect with all of the new faces that filled the locker room. Although we have a lot of new guys, it feels like we have been playing with each other forever because of the way we all “click”.

Between putting in the extra work in the weight room and dedicating our time and focus on the field, I feel anxious to see where we end up at the end of the season.

This past opening weekend was one of the most exciting for me just seeing how it played out with all the new guys. Tyler Hannah, aka “boosie boo”, aka “mongoose”, had an awesome weekend making web gems at third and tearing it up at the plate.

Blake Martz, aka “King Kong”, had a career weekend at the plate, which he is so capable of doing every weekend. Daniel Peterson continues to amaze everyone with his jaw dropping plays roaming centerfield.

All of our starting pitchers as well as the bullpen were tremendous this past weekend for the Trojans. They were lights out. I could name everyone that had awesome outings but I would be here all day.

By far the most exciting part of the weekend for me, besides the sweep, was seeing Ali Knowles, aka “Island Boi”, and Kyle Brown, aka “Big Country”, get their first college hits. Nothing is better than seeing underclassmen having early success in their careers and knowing they are going to be the future for Troy baseball.

So, after a good four-game sweep over a solid High Point team, we find ourselves facing a good test in an always impressive Southern Miss opponent. Just like last weekend, we hope the Troy community and students continue to come out and support the Trojans as we take on a tough task of defending Riddle-Pace for a three game series this weekend. -- Shortstop Adam Bryant

" I can do everything through HIM who gives me strength" Philippians 4:13

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