The Genesee Community College Men’s Baseball team will begin its 2011 fall campaign north of the border this weekend. The Cougars will kick off their season on Friday, September 2nd at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, where they will meet the Golden Hawks of Wilfrid Laurier University. The weekend trip will have the Cougars playing anywhere from four to eight games, depending on their success in the Brock Fall Classic Tournament.
“I’m hoping to see consistency in the way we play,” said head coach Skip Sherman. “It is going to be tough competition because we will be competing against four year universities,” the 2007 Region III Coach of the Year added.
The weekend trip is a homecoming of sorts for middle infielder Brandon Collins, who is a Canadian native and a member of the Canadian National Baseball Team.
“I’m excited to go back to Canada. This is going to be my first game with the team, and will be a good experience for us,” Collins said. “This weekend will show us how we will hold together as a team.”
Collins, a first year student and player at GCC, is from Scarborough, Ontario, about 80 driving miles from where the Cougars will play over the weekend. He has high hopes for his team this season.
“I hope we make it to the Junior College World Series,” said Collins. “I believe we have a good chance to do it with the team we have now.”
Coach Sherman will keep all of the roughly 37 players that came out for the fall team this year, but only 22 of them will travel. The men’s baseball team finished 17-10 in the spring, and earned a trip to the Region III Division II playoffs.
The Cougars will return home to host Monroe Community College on Monday, September 5th, at 1pm.