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ABC: Arizona, Baseball, Connections

By: Nicholas Ray

Waldorf University baseball took off to Tuscan, Arizona for the 2017 Spring Break of a lifetime. Although they play in the Arizona Invitational every year, there are always new memories to be made, which makes the experience unique.

Over an entire week, the Warriors played a total of eight games, facing teams that are NCAA, NAIA and teams that are in the same conference as them. After playing an extremely tough week, Waldorf was able to pick up three wins, which gave them a confidence booster as they return home and face-off against Hastings College this upcoming Sunday and Monday, Mar. 20-21.

Over the break the team experienced life in 80 degree weather–where there was nothing but sunshine, sitting poolside and playing baseball. While playing the game that they love, the baseball team was able to make memories that will last forever along with building bonds and even meeting new people along the way.

From double-plays to digits to double-cheeseburgers, the Diamond Warriors made the break as fun as it could possibly be. “Each and every day, we got to get up and play baseball!” said senior Ryan Villarreal. “Nic got the waitress’ number at the Italian restaurant,” said Pitcher Dean Mick. “What-A-Burger needs to take our order like Wendy’s does,” said first year Jarrod LittleJohn. Overall, making memories such as building forts in the hotel rooms, hanging out and just getting a little bit closer to one another was great to see.

This break was also a perfect opportunity to see a family member, as parents from all over the United States came to support their college athletes and see them in action. Native to Arizona, Jordan Jewell was able to go home and enjoy time with his family. Others such as Nic Ray, Eric Mallo, Josh Krstulovich, Alex Remy and Kyle Froom all had parents come and support the Warriors.

The end result in regards to the record for Waldorf was not as they might have hoped; however, it has taken off in the right direction, foreshadowing great things to come in the remaining 34 games.