By Michele Kappas
Although the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball season is off to a rough start, the players’ excitement about new coach Gary Carter still remains.
“I’m looking forward to gaining the knowledge and experience from a Hall of Famer,” senior Buddy Fisher said.
Carter was understandably upset when the first two home games were rained out. The team opened the season by losing a double header away from home. Carter realizes it is going to take time to get the team to realize its potential.
“I always have high expectations as I want to win every game,” Carter said. “I hate to lose. But taking everything into consideration I would be very happy with a 500 percent average.”
Carter added he was excited about the team’s mix of youth and experience, with many new players as well as 10 seniors.
The team can also look forward to next year, since several top prospects plan to play for PBA.
Carter added that the Sailfish will certainly face a challenging schedule.
“Lynn took home the National Championship last year and the conference they play in is among the best in the country,” Carter said.
Practices seem to be going well for the Sailfish.
The only inconvenience is the lack of a field available on campus.
Carter highlights that they have a strong offensive team this year, which should score a lot of runs.
He acknowledges that their pitching lacks depth and experience.
Still, a positive aspect is the team has a whole season ahead of them in which they can grow.
“We have a better lineup this year,” said outfielder Scott Urbanek. “Our first nine hitters are much stronger and our pitching is improving.”
Players aren’t the only ones who are excited about Carter’s addition as coach, which was announced in October.
Ed Kies, father of freshman pitcher Jonathan Kies, said, “We are all thrilled. Our son had signed before we knew about Carter, but when we heard the news we knew that this was definitely where God has placed Jonathan. I’ll be here every home game.”
Overall, the team is hopeful for this season’s outcome, despite the holdups from rain.
“I’m looking forward to learning from one of the best that’s ever played,” Urbanek said.