RiverHawks baseball seniors to play in their final games
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RiverHawks baseball seniors to play in their final games

4/27/18

Austin Headlee

TNE Writer

The RiverHawks baseball team is coming off a weekend where they went 1-2 in their games against the University of Nebraska-Kearney Lopers. The Lopers won both games of the doubleheader on Friday, April 20. However, the RiverHawks were able to come away with a win the following Saturday after taking the game into extra innings, 5-4.

The RiverHawks held a 4-0 lead after scoring in four consecutive innings against the Lopers in the final game of the series. The Lopers were able to score three runs in the seventh inning and a single run in the eighth inning to tie the game. Oscar Resendez Jr., junior outfielder from Alice, Texas, hit a double in the tenth inning of play, which allowed Blake Vandergrift, senior first basemen from Owasso, to run in for the game-winning score.

The RiverHawks baseball season is entering its final weeks of the regular season. The seniors on the team have learned from each other and made lasting connections that they will carry with them after the season.

“I’ve met four of my best friends while playing here,” said Derek Shedden, senior outfielder from Edmonton, Canada. “I’ve had a limited amount of time with them here, but I know I’ll keep in touch with them for the rest of my life. I get to play baseball and degree and doing what I love, but nothing is more important than the people here.”

The seniors have been prepared the lower classmen for their departure after the season. Many of the seniors have talked to the lower classmen and have passed along their advice in an effort to keep the program going strong.

“We’re trying to pass the torch and make sure things are going in the right direction so when we come back as alumni we get to see those guys grow and develop,” said Zane Takhar, senior infielder from Victoria, BC, Canada. “A lot of these guys have stepped up and to see that growth is awesome.”

The seniors have made their own traditions and have improved the program since they enrolled at NSU. They learned from the players that have played before them and have passed along their teachings while adding in their own experiences and values.

“We’re trying to instill our own tradition,” said Vandergrift. “Our old coach told us freshman year that we haven’t been good the past couple of years, so we had a goal of changing the program. Towards the end of our junior year and into our senior year we’ve been able to get to that point where we’re turning it around. Us learning from the upper generation and then instilling our new values in the generation has always been our goal.”

The RiverHawks will play their third against the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos to cap their three-game series on Wednesday, April 25th in Edmond. The RiverHawks then play against the Emporia State University Hornets in a three-game series in Emporia, Kan on April 27-29. The RiverHawks will finish their regular season while playing against the Central Missouri University Mules from May 4 to May 6 in a three-game series at Tahlequah. The RiverHawks seniors will be honored for Senior Day in the final home game of the regular season.

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