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Sports / Recreation

Baseball wins NCBA national championship, again!

June 4, 2010

What do you get when you group several baseball players together filled with accomplishment, unity, and determination? Another national championship.

Sixth championship in seven years for Rams

After another successful season, the Rams won the 2010 NCBA World Series in Florida on June 3. Photo courtesy of www.wagnerphotography.com.

The CSU Rams Baseball team won yet another National Club Baseball Association title Thursday night after dominating Penn State 7-1 in Fort Myers, Fla. Having won five previous national championships, this came as no surprise to the men.

“I figured if we put up a couple runs on the board, Bobby [Moller] would come through. I knew it was pretty much over after that,” said catcher and designated hitter Bryce Enewold.

And it was. Both Penn State and CSU played each other after having both been undefeated throughout the Series -- a first in NCBA World Series history. It was CSU's sixth victory in the 10 years of NCBA World Series play and its third title in a row.

Well-rounded play, team

“I think that we were just very well-rounded. We pitched well, we ran well, we hit well," said Coach Mike Abernathy.

“We got serious about what we wanted to accomplish and achieve, and from that point forward we all pulled in the same direction,” said Abernathy of the season.

Johnson named World Series MVP

Senior pitcher Bobby Moller helped lead the team to victory in the Series -- the Rams posted a combined score of 49-8 in four games. Photo courtesy of www.wagnerphotography.com.

CSU's Thomas ("Tommy") Johnson  was named the World Series MVP after batting .550, slamming three homeruns, a triple, and two doubles, driving in eight RBI, all while playing sensational defense behind the plate for the Rams.

From practices to games and pitchers to catchers, the baseball team built strong relationships with one another that helped them focus on performing at the top of their game.

Love of the game

"It [baseball] all starts in the fall and goes through spring. We take a lot of road trips together," said Enewold.

From that, they've built a strong team that unites and works together to accomplish their dreams and goals.

“It feels incredible. All the hard work and preparation… It just feels great,” says first baseman Josh Ary of winning the championship with his teammates.

“I’m just really proud of the guys. I think they did a great job,” Coach Abernathy adds.

As a sports club, the players fund the sport out-of-pocket or through fundraisers. For many, this may be a deterrent to getting involved with the baseball team, but for these players, that's not the case.

"The quality of baseball we play and the fact that we win all the time... and just the lack of respect that we have as a club sport really drives us to be better than everyone," said Ary.

Like most challenges in life

Through this determination and love for the sport, the players have managed to make a name for themselves, bring recognition to CSU, and prove they're more than just a club sport.

"It’s like a challenge in life almost. Some things don’t go your way, sometimes it does. It makes you a better person. It’s a great game to play," concludes Enewold.