That’s the thought, or at least the wish, of the Virginia-Wise baseball team as the Cavaliers are scheduled to begin their season on the road today.
Virginia-Wise, under the guidance of 22-year head coach Hank Banner, returns 17 lettermen to this season’s team, which will open play against St. Augustine today in Raleigh, N.C.
The team will be on the road for its first 10 games and play road games in 14 of its first 15 contests.
The Cavaliers look to improve on a 19-31 record from last year, that included a 13-19 record in the Mountain East Conference.
LOCAL GUY LEADING THE CHARGE
Sophomore Nate Thompson, a Wise Central grad, returns for his sophomore season after earning MEC freshman of the year honors last season.
Thompson, the listed starter for today’s season opener, finished with a 2-2 mound record last season with two saves and an impressive 1.65 ERA last year as a freshman.
Thompson is also pretty handy with his bat. Playing in the outfield or as a designated hitter, Thompson carried a batting average of .328 with two home runs and 22 RBIs.
Another local standout will be on the mound for one of the two games slated for Saturday at St. Augustine’s. Will Stamper, of Lebanon, returns for his sophomore season after finishing 2-3 on the mound last year for the Cavaliers.
LOOKING FOR STRONG FINISH
Despite a loss to Roanoke College earlier this week, the Emory & Henry men’s basketball squad has had one of its best season’s in the program’s history.
The No. 19 Wasps have five regular season games remaining and look to finish on top of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference standings.
Heading into this weekend’s action, E&H stands at 18-2 overall and atop of the ODAC standings with a 10-1 mark in the conference.
Senior Chase Branscomb, a Tennessee High graduate, leads the Wasps in scoring at 16.9 points per game and rebounds at 8.6 per game.