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The State of Baseball: Heartwarming stories and boredom cures

The State of Baseball: Heartwarming stories and boredom cures

Micah Johnston, Staff Writer

April 14, 2020

MLB is doing a fantastic job of trying to fill the void for baseball-starved fans like us. Here’s a list of everything you can watch and do to try and sate that craving for the beautiful game during your time at home.

Third base, pitching rotation are the biggest question marks for Braves during spring training

Third base, pitching rotation are the biggest question marks for Braves during spring training

Micah Johnston, Contributing Writer

February 27, 2020

After an eventful but arguably lackluster offseason, Atlanta is left with a serious hole to fill at third base. This is a result of the Braves failing to sign All-Star caliber third baseman Josh Donaldson to an extension, which allowed him to receive offers from other clubs.

Baseball team holds an 8-0 record to start the season

Trevor Austin (#34) hits a line drive into the outfield against Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Jen Jones, Sports Editor

February 26, 2020

Mercer’s baseball team led their opening weekend with an undefeated season so far. The team played Maryland-Eastern Shore, beating them in their first game 13-4. 

Mercer alum breaks baseball record

Kyle Lewis plays for the Mercer baseball team in 2016. Archived photo by Thais Ackerman

Micah Johnston, Contributing Writer

September 28, 2019

With the crack of a bat in Seattle on Sunday, a Mercer Bear made history.

A bear pitches in the coastal plain league

Mercer University's own Josh Farmer takes the mound representing the Macon Bacon against Gastonia Grizzlies.

Jen Jones, Sports Editor

August 14, 2019

This year, the Macon Bacon baseball team recruited Mercer junior Josh Farmer to pitch. The only Mercer baseball player recruited for the team, he appeared in 10 games with 22 strikeouts.

Braves enter final stretch: all you need to know

Braves enter final stretch: all you need to know

Micah Johnston, Contributing Writer

August 13, 2019

While the Braves have been one of the stronger teams in baseball over the course of the season, a playoff berth is far from guaranteed. To understand why the Braves should be cautiously optimistic, the weights of the team’s strengths and weaknesses have to be assessed.

Baseball’s big names fulfill expectations in opening series win

Senior pitcher Kevin Coulter (27) celebrates after recording the save in Mercer's victory over Evansville on Friday night.

Mitch Robinson

February 28, 2019

What better way to follow up Valentine’s Day than with the return of college baseball?  Feb. 15 saw the Mercer Bears baseball team return to action, hosting the Purple Aces of Evansville. The two schools played a three-game series at OrthoGeorgia Park, with the Bears taking the first two of th...

Baseball team practicing amid field construction

Redshirt senior Howard Joe practices catching low balls as construction crews work on building the new baseball stadium. Photo by Carson McGorry.

Will Darragh, Staff Writer

October 15, 2016

  Mercer’s baseball field features all the standard scenery of a baseball park: grass, dirt, plates and some odd additions like a backhoe. Mercer’s OrthoGeorgia Park is currently under construction, which means that the players are forced to practice on a field that is in the process of being...

Kyle Lewis drafted 11th overall by Seattle Mariners

Kyle Lewis drafted 11th overall by Seattle Mariners

Hayes Rule, Justin Baxley

June 9, 2016

In a matter of four years, Kyle Lewis went from running up-and-down a basketball court to being an 11th overall pick in the MLB draft. After three seasons at Mercer, Lewis was drafted by the Seattle Mariners Thursday, becoming the highest-drafted baseball player in program history. The selection...

Athlete Spotlight: Kyle Lewis

Athlete Spotlight: Kyle Lewis

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

April 28, 2016

The walkup music hits. Kyle Lewis steps into the batter's box as he readies himself for the first pitch. It’s the bottom of the ninth inning against ETSU. The game is tied 9-9. Lewis makes contact with ball. It soars through the air and over the wall. The Bears win in walk off fashion. The 6-foo...

Mental recovery of athletes

Support from loved ones and distractions from reality make life a bit easier on an athlete's road to recovery.

Tiffani Alexander, Contributing Writer

April 28, 2016

For many college athletes, getting injured can damage their career and personal identity. Not only does an injury greatly affect their ability to play a sport they love, but it also can be vastly damaging to their mental well-being. The methods of coping are solely dependent on the individual. For some athletes, me...

Athletes keep it cool in the off-season

Football player Mitch Payne plays in a SAE Philanthropy Volleyball Tournament alongside teammates.

Sophie Peel, Staff Writer

April 28, 2016

“Turn the music back on!” Kayla Potts yelled loudly on the UC gym floor at 10 p.m. Monday night. Kahlia Lawrence and Sydni Means chided her out of embarrassment. Twenty seconds later and the music resumed in the fairly crowded gym. “If you yell loud enough, they will respond,” Potts...

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