Alder Takes on Spring Training

Jonathan Alder softball and baseball travels over spring break


Images of the baseball and softball teams.

Emma Van Winkle, Staff Writer, Photography Editor

As the seasons go from winter to spring, it can mean only one thing: America’s favorite pastime, baseball. The Jonathan Alder baseball and softball teams traveled to warmer weather over spring break to get in some training and team bonding. The softball team found their home for the week in Panama City Florida and the baseball team found theirs in Tennessee. 

The softball team practiced at Bay Haven High School in Panama City. “The field was amazing, you could tell that they took pride in it,” says sophomore Abby Bush. Bush has been part of the varsity softball team since her freshman year, and traveling to Panama City has been a tradition for the softball team over the past few years. Last year the team was not able to travel due to COVID, but the team was grateful to have the opportunity again. “This trip not only helped us with our teamwork but also bonding,” says Bush. 

One of the team activities over the week was a brown paper bag activity, where they decorated a bag and wrote affirmations about each other. Another activity was a karaoke night, which was a highlight for many. “It was my favorite night out of all of them, even if you weren’t singing it was still a blast,” says Bush. Taking trips to the pier, and beach and exploring the city were also on the girls’ agenda for the week. 

The girls had some team bonding on the field as well, by scrimmaging against each other and working together on fielding positions before their first game of the season against Bay Haven High School, winning 11-1.

While the baseball team did not play any games, they were able to visit Tennessee University and watch them play a game, as well as practice at Tennessee Smokies Double AA stadium. 

Baseball coach Craig Kyle kept the team busy all week. Immersing them into different styles and plays of the game, not only playing but watching as well. Despite the focus on athletics, team bonding was also a part of their trip.   “Our trip allowed us to get to know each other individually and how we play with one another,” says senior Nick Sowers. Sowers has been on the baseball team since his freshman year, holding the position of first base and pitcher. Looking towards the future, “I believe that we’ll have a successful regular season and go far in tournament play,” says Sowers.

Since the teams have returned from break, their seasons have been off to a strong start. Softball’s record is currently 4-1 and baseball is 3-1. Both varsity teams play their next conference game away on Friday, April 8th at Indian Lake.