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The Washington and Jefferson baseball team was created in ___. The overall record for the team is _______. The W&J baseball team competes in the Presidents athletic conference along with Bethany, Westminster, Thomas morre, St. Vincent, Grove City, Waynesburg, thiel, and Geneva. The presidents have won the conference championship ____ times. The most recent conference championship was taken by the Presidents in the 2009 season. The presidents beat thiel in two straight games at home to take the trophy home. With the victory over thiel in the conference championship the baseball team did something that no other team in W&J history has done before, go to regional tournament and play for a chance at a national championship. After winning two games in the regional tournament the presidents had broken the total wins in a season record with 35 wins. In the 2010 season the presidents made history again by becoming the first president's athletic conference team since 1984 to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA division 111 tournament.
The baseball team is coached by both head coach Jeff Mountain and assistant coach Mark thomcheck. Coach Mountains has an impressive resume by receiving the PAC coach of the year four years in seven seasons. Prior to coach mountain arriving at W&J the baseball team had only won 21 games in four seasons. With a 215-126-1 record coach Mountain put the W&J presidents on the radar at a national level.
Coach Thomcheck will be entering the 2011 season as a first year assistant coach. Mark Thomcheck graduated from W&J and played for the presidents helping them win 122 games over four years. Coach Thomcheck hopes to carry over his game experience to coaching experience this year.
The season consists of 40 games not including post season starting with the spring trip to Florida. The presidents play each team in the conference three times and the top four teams in the conference receive a birth to the conference championship.
Although the games begin in March, the season begins in the fall just one week into school. The Presidents have a fall inter-squad season. During the fall there is a Red Black world series which is the highlight of the fall.
The Red Black World Series is a five game series. The seniors on the team are the captains and a draft is held to choose teams. After the teams are chosen and each player is informed of their team, the fun begins. The winner of the Red Black World Series gets bragging rights over their teammates for a whole year and gets exempt from certain activities.
The program has been getting better with recruiting by the coaches and hard work that the team puts in day in and day out. Each player is dedicated to doing their job and playing their role on the team. After four years as a president baseball player, an individual grows into a strong person.
Every year the baseball team travels to Florida for their spring trip. Since the trip would take 24 hours both ways the team is flown down. The team rents out four houses that can be considered "mini mansions". Each house holds ten players and the fourth house is for the coaches. The trip lasts seven days and the team plays eight varsity games. All though this trip sounds like all work there is a day off for the players to do whatever they choose. The trip is an amazing team bounding experience for everyone.
With forty kids traveling to Florida for spring training games, you would think feeding them would be a challenging task. Before the team leaves each player is giving 100 dollars for food. When the team arrives in Florida the first stop is made to Wal-mart to stock up on food for the week. What makes this experience a memorable one is there are specific foods that each house of players is looking for. The hottest item on this day is the chicken patties. This means when the vans stop it's a foot race between the three fastest players of the three houses to snatch up all the chicken patties in stock. I personally have experienced this race and was successful in gathering twenty bags of chicken patties.
After the week is over every player talks about how fun the trip was with their friends. Ask any baseball player what their favorite part of the season was and they will respond with the Florida trip. Even though the trip takes place of the student's spring break there is still two days to spare at home with the players family's before they have to return home.
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How To Get Started
If you were not recruited by either Jeff Mountain or Mark Thomcheck, there are open try outs beginning the second week of school. There are fliers around campus to find out specific times and locations. I would recommend sending Coach Mountain an e-mail (email@example.com) informing him who you are and that you intend to try out for the baseball team. Request any additional information from coach Mountain about try outs and mandatory meetings. You also can go to the related baseball link below and go to the baseball website. There you can fill out a recruit form and Coach Mountain will know you are interested.
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