Sunday, June 13, 2021

Upperclassmen adjust to new roles

Plattsburgh State seniors Jennifer Groat and Kaitlyn Preiss picked up a new position in the off season.  After the senior pitchers graduated, someone had to step up and help pitch this season and they decided they would step up to the challenge.  

Groat has not pitched on any level before this season.  She knew what her team needed for this season, so she stepped up for her team.  

She said that adding another position meant that she would have to add another thing to her practice schedule which was testing for Groat.  

Groat said, “You gotta do what the team needs you to do.” 

Preiss was excited to step on the mound.  She had joked with the previous head coach, Stephanie Conroy, about wanting to pitch during last year.  It was a running joke for a while with her coach and teammates until it came true this year.  

When asked if she had ever pitched before she said, “Well, I haven’t pitched since little league so that was challenging for me personally.”  

The two new pitchers knew they would be pitching last fall, however, they began training during their winter season this year.  

“Jennifer and Katie took it upon themselves to learn how to pitch,” coach John Flynn commented.  “I mean those are the seniors I have. They are great girls and they said, ‘We are going to learn how to pitch.’”

Flynn talked very highly of all four of his seniors, claiming that they were all extremely versatile players that they will miss next year. 

- Advertisment -

Latest

Student Art Spotlight: Melissa Common (May 7, 2021)

Melissa Common is a senior hospitality management major minoring in business and photography. Photography has always been a huge passion of mine. I started by mainly...

This Week in Photos: Semester Recap (May 7, 2021)

Nursing students work at the vaccination clinic in Memorial Hall and pose together for a group photo.

Student Art Spotlight: Jade Nguyen (April 30, 2021)

Hi, my name is Jade and I am a senior graphic designer and photographer from Vietnam. The Clay Pot Eatery and Bar is a...

This Week in Photos: SUNY Fest (April 30, 2021)

Despite having Kesha perform for this year’s virtual SUNY Fest, about nine students showed up to Memorial field for the showing of the concert.