by DYLAN BLASCHAK
TOWER staff writer

Historically, the game of baseball, in its early stages, can be described as premature at best, but it is no less a part of American history that many regard as a national past time.

The origins of baseball can be traced back to the late 1700’s in the United States, and the sport has grown to be played in every country across the world, becoming increasingly popular in East Asia and South America as well as in this country. The sport is played by millions of young boys who carry the game well into their adult lives, with many young men continuing to play at the collegiate level.

Our very own Bethany College baseball team is gearing up to begin the 2013 spring season, but not before a Spring Break trip to Florida from March 13th-22nd when they will travel the state playing other visiting teams in tournaments. These games will count toward the team’s overall record, and they are ready for the start of a new season where they are projected to finish number six in the PAC. The 2012 season resulted in falling one game short of a berth in the conference tournament.

The Bison open their season March 9th against Washington & Jefferson, who are projected to finish a top the PAC for a second consecutive season. It will be a tough season for the Bison, but they are eager and ready to contend for a PAC title that many believe they deserve. That includes Coach Rick Carver, who instills a sense of passion and hunger in his players to achieve the ultimate goal of not only reaching the PAC title, but taking the title by storm and cementing his legacy as Bethany’s greatest baseball coach with a fifth PAC title during his tenure at Bethany College.

The excitement of a new season brings to mind baseball great Bill Veeck’s comment that “there are only two seasons—winter and Baseball.”

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