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PHILADELPHIA Baseball fever has swept the city of Philadelphia with the success of the Phillies in the Major League Baseball playoffs so far this October. However, the excitement about the national pastime is not limited to the pros as Penn’s baseball team has started its fall season with practices at Meiklejohn Stadium.
After a week of intrasquad workouts, Penn will host Gloucester College on Saturday in the first of two meetings between the two schools in the fall season. Play begins at 9:30 a.m. at Meiklejohn Stadium. The two teams will also play on Oct. 18.
“The fall season is a very important time for the team,” W. Joseph Blood Head Coach of Baseball John Cole said. “This is a chance for the new players to get acclimated to the system and to college ball, and for the whole team to compete for starting spots.”
While the intensity and ramifications of the games and practices during the fall may not match those found in early March or in a late-season game with Ivy League title implications, there is a greater goal for the 26 players who will take the field over the next few weeks.
“This part of the season allows us to create an identity,” Cole said.
For the players, they look forward to a chance to work as a team again after a summer that usually sees the Quakers splinter off among the many collegiate summer leagues up and down the east coast.
“This is the first time we are all back together after playing summer ball in the wood bat leagues,” junior second baseman Steve Gable said. “It gives us a chance to move on from the previous season and start forming our new team with the freshmen.”
Gable says the team is excited for the chance to play some live competition after a fall of individual workouts and practice.
“We have had a chance to fine-tune ourselves individually and to work on team concepts throughout the early portions of the fall,” he said. “We are looking forward to playing outside competition in Gloucester and being able to put what we have learned into play.”
According to Gable, there is no better place to be on a crisp October day than the diamond.
“We view every day on the field as an opportunity to get better as players and, more importantly, as a team.”