By Corey Pollnow
Alex Camire is the President and catcher of Central’s club baseball team that plays during the fall and spring semester in the NECBA and ACBA. For the third year in a row, he’s organized a team that plays 12 games and also includes playoffs, with the four divisional winners and two wild card teams advancing.
The season lasts six weeks including playoffs and progresses quickly as the team is playing 2-3 games per weekend against various schools in New England. The games are seven innings in comparison to NCAA baseball which is nine innings, but the college teams are also better equipped to play a nine inning game with a 25-man roster.
Injuries and schedule conflicts have affected the team as they haven’t been able to field a starting lineup that’s set in stone. “The season started pretty promising,” said Camire. “During the first week of school I was expecting all of our guys to return from last semester. As students started figuring out their schedules, I lost four of my starters due to scheduling conflicts and athletic training commitments.”
Daniel Preininger has been the most consistent pitcher for the club. Preininger met Camire when he was a freshmen and will become the President of the club after Camire graduates in the spring. Preininger has been dedicated with his workouts since he first arrived at Central and has increased the velocity of his fastball to the mid 80s.
Eddie Moehringer was supposed to pitch for Central’s Division-I baseball team, but was unable to make the roster due to a torn labrum. In late September, Moehringer made a relief appearance for the club and it was his first time on the mound in over two years.
Heading into the last weekend of the season, the team is 5-6 and could make the playoffs, but they’ll need to win their last game and find some luck in the standings.
In their last game on Sep. 29, Central took the field versus Yale and was up 5-2 heading into the last inning, but a couple walks and errors in the top of the 7th inning proved costly as Yale came back and Central was unable to respond in the bottom of the 7th.
“Just a lot of errors and injuries this season. Hopefully next semester when everyone can return we’ll have close to 20 guys on the roster,” said Camire.
Camire is hopeful that Central will install lights on the baseball field in the near future so team will have more practice time to gel better as a team. Installing lights would also allow the club to play double headers in the evening and remove schedule conflicts with with the Central Division-I baseball team.