The Robert F. Munroe Bobcat Baseball teams began their 2013 season with an opening day ceremony this past Saturday at Bradford May Field. Highlights included an introduction of the varsity and middle-school teams along with the coaching staff, skills competitions, and a varsity/alumni game that pitted this year’s Varsity Bobcats against several past players. Barbecue plates and other appetizing treats were served to the large crowd (estimated at more than 100) that came out to support this year’s team.
Skills events included infield and outfield throws for accuracy, bunting and base-running for the middle-school players and a deep drive contest for the varsity. Winners of the events were: Joey Fallis, outfield throw; Jackson Boone and Nic Reynolds, infield throw; J.C. Partin, bunting; Josh Wilder, base running; Myles Ewards, first place in the deep drive; Bradlee Klees, second place; Andrew Higdon, third place. Each participant was recognized for his participation and also received a team T-shirt.
The varsity/alumni game rounded out the day’s activities with the varsity coming out on top 8-5. Offensive highlights from the game included a double by current Bobcat Myles Edwards that drove in two runs. For the alumni, Patrick Fletcher and John Bradford May each had a single, and Bradford May contributed a stolen base. Defensively, Myles Edwards had a strong showing on the mound while 2012 graduate Cameron Sims, who now plays for FAMU, pitched well for the alumni.
The day ended with the enthusiastic Bobcat fans looking forward to the season opener at Florida High on Thursday, Feb. 7. The Bobcats will play Florida High that day and Rickards on Friday as part of the season-opening tournament hosted by Florida High. Both games begin at 7 p.m.
New Bobcat head coach, Chris Warfel, is excited about the prospects for the upcoming season.
“We’ll finally have everybody out here after basketball concludes this week. Pitching will be an area we will need to develop in a hurry, as there are no returning starters from last year. If we can play good defense and generate some scoring, we may surprise some folks with our young squad.”
The Bobcats begin the regular season at Maclay on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Game time is slated for 3:30 p.m.