Baseball Looks For Strong Start

MIKE BRABAZON

In 2016, the Manhattanville baseball team posted a record of 25-16 (13-8 MAC Freedom), finishing 3rd in the MAC Freedom conference, gaining entrance to the playoffs. The Valiants lost their opening round game to DeSales University, 8-2. They bounced back in their first “loss bracket game” defeating Kings College in a close 6-4 victory. The season came to an end when the Valiants could not keep the magic going, falling to Misericordia in a game that determined their fate,10-14.

The Valiants hope to improve on last season’s performance and take home the MAC Freedom Conference title this season.

Senior third baseman Robbie Lynch, is one of the returning standout players for the Valiants. In the 2016 season, Lynch led the team in RBIs with 54, making him the all-time RBI leader in school history. He was named the MAC Freedom Player of the Year and was also named to the D3baseball.com All- Mid-Atlantic Region 1st team. In addition, he was Manhattanville’s Male Athlete Player of the Year.

Junior in fielder/pitcher Danny Gallagher, is another notable returning player for the Valiants. Last season Gallagher tied Lynch for the most hits on the team with 51. Gallagher has a batting average of .392 (min. 100 at-bats), ranking second on the team. These two veteran players seek to improve upon their standout seasons last year.

The Valiants began their 2017 debut with a tough loss on the road against SUNY Brockport, losing 6-1. Following the loss, the team traveled down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to compete in the annual tournament, The Ripken Experience. It was a tough outing for the Valiants as they dropped 5 out of the 6 games; their only win came in the first game of a double header against Mount Aloysius, defeating them 4-1. Last season, the Valiants logged the same record at the Ripken Experience, 1-5. They showed resilience and went on an eight-game winning streak to bounce back from the shaky start.

Manhattanville has not been presented the opportunity yet this season to spark the same turnaround they did in 2016. Due to the inclement weather conditions, all eight of their spring break games were postponed to later dates.

Friday, Mar. 24th the Valiants will travel to take on the Eastern University Eagles in their first conference matchup of the year. On Saturday, Mar. 25th they will again take on the Eagles in a double header. To wrap up their five- game road trip, they will take on the Staten Island Dolphins in another double header showdown.

On Saturday Apr. 1st at 1:00 p.m., the Valiants will host Kings College in a MAC Freedom Conference double header. The team will look to bounce back from a rocky beginning of the season in this critical conference matchup.

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