Jocko Willink, a retired American officer, once said, “It’s not fun to get out of bed early in the morning. When the alarm goes off, it doesn’t sing you a song; it hits you in the head with a baseball bat. So how do you respond to that? Do you crawl underneath your covers and hide? Or do you get up, get aggressive, and attack the day?” This quote is true to a lot of people in our society, but the Greenville University Baseball Program gets up and attacks every day to get ready for their upcoming season.
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Lynn Carlson, the GU head coach, states, “I believe that we are flying under the radar in the SLIAC this year. Also, I believe that this team is one of the better squads we have had at GU.” Having a team with a lot of talented young players like Carlson has this year and having All-Conference players on his team in the past like Travis Ralls, Jesse Getz, and many more shows how much knowledge Carlson has with bringing in players. Coach Carlson has a lot of talent around the GU program with many experienced seniors, plus freshmen that will have very big parts on the squad this year. Carlson also has a lot to say about this year’s seniors. “With all of those guys, their characters are the same and it is unselfish. They would do anything for their teammates and
One of the senior captains, Andrew Torbeck, says, “I love being a senior, although it is a little bittersweet. After this year, I’m about to say goodbye to the game that I’ve played since I was four. This game has thought me so many lessons in life, and has brought me so many great memories and great friends.” Torbeck has been one of the most hard-working players here at GU. For the four years he has been excellent the weight room, on the field, and, most importantly, in the classroom as an engineering major. “It’s been a great ride, and I’m going to cherish every moment of this year. So let’s make it a great one.”
When asked who they have been most impressed with, Coach Carlson and Torbeck have the same answer: senior Klaiton Wolff. Carlson said, “He has been one of the best players that came to our program and has improved so much as a pitcher here as well.” Torbeck added, “Over the years, I’ve been super impressed with Klaiton Wolff and Sam Hodges, they both came in and immediately produced, which is not easy as a freshman, and instead of a sophomore slump, they continued to thrive.”
Make sure you stay tuned for the next article on GU baseball. The Panthers go Georgia for the season opener this coming week! It’s good to have baseball back!
Media by Zach Levy.