Courtesy: Rob Goldberg
WINTERVILLE — With nine games in the books, the Pitt Community College baseball team is 4-5 overall, having slogged through a tough schedule while battling nagging injuries to several players.
With his club a game under .500 as of Monday, PCC coach Tommy Eason says his Bulldogs are still looking to regain the national prominence the program has enjoyed the past few seasons.
“We have to get healthy, first and foremost,” Eason said. “The schedule has been demanding, and that is the type of competition we are going to face every weekend once we start Region X Conference play.”
Though he says the team’s record is “not where we would like it to be,” Eason said he and assistant coaches Jake Dean and Lance Martin have tried to “make positives out of any negative that has occurred up to this point.”
The Bulldogs are coming off a 1-2 performance over the weekend against a triumvirate of national powerhouses. After falling to Cecil College (2011 Division II World Series participant) and Chattanooga State (2010 Division I World Series participant) in Florence, S.C., on Saturday, PCC rebounded to beat Potomac State College (2011 Division I World Series participant) on Sunday.
“We did not play Region X-foe Florence-Darlington in the tournament but had a chance to see them play,” Eason said. “They also have an outstanding baseball team, and we are going to have our hands full at the end of the season—when we are scheduled to play them at home.”
Eason said parity would best describe the Region X Conference this season.
“The regular season and Region X Tournament in May are going to be interesting,” he said. “We have to stay the course and continue to get healthy and make sure we are prepared each and every week. Most importantly, we need to make sure our best baseball will be played in May.”
Pitt will have another chance to test its mettle this weekend, when the Bulldogs host Potomac State College in a three-game series at Minges-Overton Baseball Complex. Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 1 p.m., while Sunday’s lone nine-inning contest will begin at 11 a.m.