Rough start for baseball team

While Major League Baseball is playing in warm weather in Florida and Arizona, Coach Ted Shipley and the CSC baseball team will settle with the 60 degree temps in windy in Virginia.The Castleton baseball team finally laced up their cleats to play six games in two weekends in Virginia and walked away with a 2-4 record.

Castleton lost all four games they played the first weekend, losing to Apprentice School and Southside Community College on March 10 and then losing a double-header to Christopher Newport on March 11.

But Shipley said he doesn’t gauge his team’s success this early by wins and losses, but rather by the development of their skills and team chemistry.

“There is a high level of competition down there. I thought we played very well with a relatively young team. Teams there, like Christopher Newport, have already played 14 or 15 games,” Shipley said on Monday.

No positions have been sealed and pitching rotations are still very much in the air, he said.

Shipley is just looking for consistency and improvement. Playing double-headers gives the players the chance to improve by getting more at bats. The downside to having double-headers, Shipley says, is that he goes through more pitchers than normal. He would like to get into a routine and set up a four-or five-man rotation.

Castleton is ranked pre-season fourth in the NAC. The conference has gotten much better Shipley said, but he is confident about his team’s chances to take home the championship at the end of the year.

“I don’t feel that anyone is that much better than us. If we play baseball the right way we can beat anyone,” Shipley said.

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