KoMets adjusting to a spring without baseball
Dressed in their game day uniforms, each student-athlete on the K-M baseball team heard their walk-up song and walked up to the plate.
The only problem is that plate was a dinner plate instead of home plate.
K-M senior shortstop Easton Knoll said the team activity was a way to have a little fun even though they can’t be together.
His teammate, senior Peyton Wilke, said not being together with his teammates and not playing baseball in April is weird, but he understands it’s for the greater good.
“It's just a weird situation in general, but I'm trying to keep a positive attitude about everything. The same goes for [not] being with my teammates and peers, it's just weird. Although, I understand that in times like these everybody has to make sacrifices, so in a way I’m okay with it. I try not to get too caught up in things I cannot control, and this is something that I cannot control,” he said. “Yeah, it would suck if we ended up not having a season, but the sun is still going to come up if we don't and that is just a sacrifice that will have to be made.”
Not having a season would be a big blow to Knoll who’s athletic future doesn’t include baseball since he’s committed to play football at Winona State next fall.
“If we don’t get a season, I probably want play any more organized baseball,” he said.
However, with the season not officially canceled yet, the KoMets are finding ways to stay ready in case there is a shortened season.
“To stay in shape, my brother and I have been lifting in our garage almost everyday and I try to go on runs when I can. We’ve also been playing catch, getting some batting practice and trying to get out to the field, just the two of us, when we can,” said Wilke.
Meanwhile, Knoll said he’s been staying active by going outside and throwing the ball with his brother who plays baseball at Minnesota State University-Mankato, doing some lifting on his own and by doing the exercises that the coaches have sent them.
Wilke added that the coaches have checked in on how they’re doing as student-athletes and as people.
“They have been sending in-home workout and baseball drill ideas almost everyday,” he said. “They have also done a good job of keeping positivity throughout the team. [Things like] our walk-up song to the dinner plate on twitter was just something fun that they put together to keep things positive.”
Keeping things positive is especially important considering everything the KoMets are missing out on.
Knoll said he misses, “Being out there with a good group of guys and having a good time.”
While it may not seem like fun, Wilke said he misses the practices the most.
“A lot of people don't like practice for whatever sport they play, but to me baseball practice is just as fun as a game, if not more,” he said.
Even those who don’t enjoy practice as much as Wilke would take it if it meant they could play baseball again.
“It would definitely be a good thing to have a shortened season especially for us seniors because it would suck to not have a senior season,” said Knoll.
However, while they wait for a possible shortened season, Wilke said he’s making the most of this experience. “I have gotten to spend more time with my family in these last couple weeks than I have for a long time.”