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CBD Journal with Ray Ricker (March 29th)

Consistency. It is a word that every coach uses on a daily basis. Consistency in your swing, mechanics on the mound, weight room, and in the classroom. It is much easier coaching and working with a known product then trying to deal with the unknown. Our players have done a great job at working at being consistent in their work on and off the diamond. It seems as if we can’t get into a consistent swing with Mother Nature. It feels like every week I stare at my computer, start thinking about the week that has gone by and write about some of the things that have gone on, seems easy enough. Not an easy task when you cannot get onto a field because of rain or in my case I had to cancel our conference doubleheader with Bloomfield because of snow! Snow in late March is not what you plan on as a baseball coach.

Being the Associate Head Coach at Post University Coach McNamara entrusts me with a good amount of responsibilities throughout the year from recruiting, hitting, strength training and other various responsibilities of the program, however this week the added responsibility as acting Head Coach as he attending his best friend’s wedding in Mississippi. It is a job I am familiar with because of Managing in the NECBL in the summer, but this would be very different because of how much I have invested in this program and helping it grow to the next level. Postponing the Bloomfield was the first task on my list on Wednesday and trying to find a makeup date is still on going. Practice on Thursday and Friday would be indoors because of field conditions at our field but we got in a good couple days of practice headed into our non conference match up with NE-10 Stonehill. It was a cold day but it is always great to get on a baseball field whenever you can especially after a late March snow storm. I felt pretty good with Dan “glove hands” Steers on the mound for game one and John “Bama” Jeanes for game two. Both of the guys pitched their tails off but as an offense we were kept off balance and left guys in scoring position all day and dropped both games 2-0 and 4-2 with our two runs coming of our lefty stick Travis Locascio’s homerun to deep right center. That ended my rein of terror was short lived but although we dropped the doubleheader it was a great experience to lead these guys versus a very strong regional team.

You would love to win every mid week non conference game but it is just a test before we get into full swing into conference games. Hopefully this week will become a little more consistent. Tuesday we take a short trip to Westchester County to take on another NE-10 team Pace University, Thursday an instate rivalry game with #5 Southern Connecticut and that all leads up to #11 ranked CACC rival Wilmington University and maybe just maybe we will figure out when we are actually playing Bloomfield. This is an important week and hopefully Mother Nature will accommodate us. To follow myself or the 2011 Post Eagles closer you can follow me on Twitter @CoachRix8. See you all next week.

-Ray Ricker

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