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BASEBALL VISITS PALMETTO STATE FOR SPRING BREAK TRAINING

Baseball Visits Palmetto State for Spring Break Training

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CBA Athletics | 4/25/2022

CBA Baseball returned to one of its best program traditions: the spring break training trip.

The Colts took their talents to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to take part in five days of training Ripken Experience.

The Ripken Experience is a state-of-the-art baseball complex, which offers nine game fields that feature unique dimensions and playing experiences. It also has multiple batting cages, bullpens, and training facilities for practices.

"I was excited to have the return of the annual spring break trip in 2022," said head coach Marty Kenney, Jr. '90. "These trips create a lifetime of memories for the student-athletes. For the this team, it provided us with a team-building experience that bonds the players for the season."

The CBA team was able to schedule three games and seven practice session during their time in the Palmetto State.

The Colts faced Ohio's number two ranked team in Archbishop Moeller in the first game. It was a tightly contested battle, with Moeller taking the game 5-3.

A day later, Christian Brothers bounced back with a huge game against Beaver Local (Ohio), putting 18 runs on the board in an 18-2 victory. Senior George Kruse had three RBIs and five players had two-RBI games.

CBA headed home with a winning road trip, as the Colts won the third and final game against Whitney Young (IL), 10-3. Another big offensive outing was paced by four RBI games from Gavin Kus and Hunter DelGuercio. Senior Jack Frankovic was the winning pitcher, throwing 65 pitches in 4.2 innings and allowing just one earned run.

"It was a great experience to have played against those schools and a good test for us as a team," senior Alexey Stout said. "The whole week in Myrtle is going to help us throughout the rest of the season."

While the trip was a success on the field, it meant more for the student-athletes off the field, as they were able to grow as a group. The team attended both a Coastal Carolina college game and a Myrtle Beach Pelicans minor league game. Of course, they spent some time relaxing on the beach and swimming during their stay.

"After Myrtle Beach, we are definitely closer as a team," said DelGuercio. "I can't say there was a day when the entire team wasn't spending time together. Whether it was practicing, down at the beach, or going out to eat, it was so much fun being around my teammates."

The Colts returned to Lincroft for regular season Shore action during the second week of spring break, going 4-1 against division foes. One of those wins game against previously undefeated Howell, with the Colts scoring 12 runs in six innings.

As county and conference tournament time approaches, this tight-knit Colts team looks primed to make a run.
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