Year of the Lion

 

Michael Howard

It is spring semester again, which means only one thing; baseball season is here and the Lions of Lincoln University are gearing up to go battle this upcoming season.

This 2016-17 campaign for the Lions has a brighter outlook compared to the last few seasons. The Lions are returning six seniors and a full healthy pitching staff.

The Lions start off their season with an away game on Feb. 18. Head Coach Anthony Pla, is optimistic about the Lions success this season.

“I’m very excited” says Pla “I think that we have a good group of kid, our student athletes are ready to go this year…as long as everyone stays healthy I think we will be alright.”

The Lions are looking to make a run at the CIAA championship depending upon their success in conference play this year. For the conference play, the Lions open up against St. Augustine. A battle that the Lions felt they let slip away from them last year. Head Coach Pla is looking toward his seniors to  lead this year and make that leap to be the contender they were predicted to be.

The Lions are led by their seniors but their two senior captains play a much bigger role in leading the Lions. Pitcher Terence Berry from Morristown, NJ and Utility player Ronald Lashley from Brooklyn, NY are the two senior captains for the Lions. For Berry this is his first full healthy season after undergoing Tommy John surgery two seasons ago. Berry was able to make his return towards the end of last season closing out a game against Philadelphia University granting the Lions a much needed and long awaited win. Lashley is coming off a MVP season for the Lions and is looking to maintain that edge but also hoping that he and his teammates can make a dash for the conference title.  

“After being selected to the all CIAA second team last season, I look to be able to produce more.” Lashely says “Being a utility player I am expected to perform in various positions at anytime. If I can have another one of my teammates on the all conference team I will be just as happy as I was when I made it.” 

With a talented senior class and a promising freshman pitcher Rolando Alvarez, the Lions are looking to kick off the season on the right foot. Alvarez is making his Lions debut this weekend against Urbana College. The main focus for the Lions this year is to stay healthy and execute plays when needed.

This first game for the Lions out of conference play will be a chance for them to put their talent to the test. The Lions will open up with senior captain Terence Berry on the mound. The team hopes will to take take game one and start their season off on the right foot.

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