Throughout the course of the 2012 season, MVNU
junior pitcher Justin Brown will write a weekly blog about what is
happening with the baseball team.
Trips in a Row" (posted on
May 9, 2012)
What a week! That is about
all you can say to speak of the events last
week. For a few days, five teams met to
decide who would represent the conference at
the next level, and it was surely decided.
The Cougars are heading back to the NAIA
Opening Round! For the third straight
season, the Cougars are conference
tournament champions. I remember months ago
writing the very first blog post, speaking
about the youth that our team possessed, and
that the expectations of others were
probably that we would not fare as well this
season. However, we don't take seasons off
here at MVNU. Coach Veale, Coach Laslo, and
Coach Matheney do a great job making
whatever team we put out there competitive.
Tomorrow we embark on the next phase
of the journey. We are headed to the NAIA
Opening Round regional site at Indiana
Wesleyan. Our bracket has some familiar
faces as we have played all but one team in
the last two seasons. We first face Doane
College out of Nebraska. Last season in
Florida, we played two one-run games against
them. Another team is Point Park University.
Last season, we beat Point Park in the
finals of the American Mideast Conference
tournament. Taylor University, who we beat
twice last week in the Mid-Central College
Conference Tournament, also joins us. The
last team is the defending national
champions in Concordia University out of
California. At high-noon on Thursday, we
will lock horns with Doane to begin the 2012
NAIA Opening Round. These are fun games and
we look forward to hopefully posting our
best NAIA tournament yet.
point in the season, I would like to
introduce two of the five seniors who have
led this squad to the successful season that
we have had so far - Kyle Barr and Josh
Kyle is a starting pitcher for the Cougars.
He is closing out one of the best careers of
all the pitchers in MVNU's history. Kyle is
our own version of “The Freak” Tim Lincecum.
He is 5-11 and 160 lbs, yet he is able to
throw the baseball at 90 miles per hour.
Kyle is one of the best competitors that I
have ever played with. He loves to pitch in
the big games against the best competition.
One of the things about Kyle that not too
many people outside of our team knows is
that on the bill of his baseball hat he has
a small pink breast cancer ribbon. This
ribbon honors his mother who has been
battling breast cancer throughout this
school year. Kyle has shared this struggle
with us on the team, and it has been awesome
to see him go out and fight on the baseball
field, while his mother encourages us all as
she fights a fight of her own.
Josh is a senior first baseman who has been
contributing for the Cougars for the last
three seasons full time. While Josh
contributes in the batter's box and first
base, some of the major contributions he
makes comes in his leadership. Josh is an
amazing leader. His influence on the team
has brought us to where we are today; it is
as simple as that. One of the defining
moments of his career in my opinion occurred
at Saint Francis the last week of the
season. Josh went down with an injury that
has kept him out ever since. Why do I think
this is his defining moment? It is because
of the way that Josh carried himself the
rest of that day and the rest of this
season. While Josh was not only in pain but
also incredibly frustrated by the injury, he
still was an amazing vocal leader and
encourager the rest of the way. He has still
been the amazing leader that he is even as
he has faced some major frustration for how
things have happened. While I will certainly
remember some of the great games he has had
at the plate or in the field, what I will
remember Josh Roberts the most for is not
what he did between the lines of the field,
but rather his amazing character and
leadership abilities that will carry with
him well after he is done playing baseball.
Be sure to follow us on the radio (WNZR
90.9 FM or online at
WNZR 1) tomorrow and the rest of the week
during all of our games. Hope you are ready
for some more intense Cougar baseball games.
Let's prolong the journey a little more!
With you on the Journey,
"Touch 'em All with Justin Brown" Complete