Spring Hill College’s baseball team will start its season at home on Wednesday, and the Badgers have high expectations for this semester.
Head coach Frank Sims strongly believes his team is capable of winning it all in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. “I got a lot of confidence in this team, if we play like we’re supposed to I think we have a really good shot,” he said. Almost a year after the team’s last game, Sims is pretty confident regarding the player’s fitness and motivation to compete again. For him, the players are “trumpet at the beat and ready to go.”
Designated hitter Max Mattione is also convinced that this year could be a great one for the Badgers, and he said, “We plan on winning the conference and we want to go deep in the [NCAA] tournament.” After insisting on the “depth” of the squad this year, Mattione stated that they “have a chance to do something special.”
One of the biggest assets of the team this year is its 12 returning grad students/fifth years. Coach Sims hopes those “experienced” players will not only “make a difference” to win games, but that they will also guide their younger teammates. “It’s hard to win with young people, so we’ve got some guys who played for a while, it kind of settles the younger players down,” he said.
However, coach Sims stressed that it is still too early to predict the outcome of the season, stating, “You never know, it’s a funny game. You can outplay a team the whole time, miss a crucial hit and still lose,” he added.
With 957 wins throughout his 36 years as a coach, Frank Sims could be en route to become a member of the 1000 wins club and one of the most successful coaches in the history of college sports. Nonetheless, he does not make it a goal, saying, “My wife will probably want me to retire. 957 wins are great, but the kids are what it’s all about,” he commented.