Titans Finish Up Successful Fall Season
December 16, 2014
The Guilford Tech Titans baseball team finished up a successful and eventful fall season. Not only did the Titans prepare themselves for the upcoming season in the tough Region X conference, but also had a chance to give back to the community through two separate service projects as well as have some fun on the field at Halloween.
The Titans volunteered a beautiful fall Saturday morning to helping the kids of The Miracle League of High Point. "There's more to being a college athlete than just playing your sport," said Titan head coach John Barrow. "Our guys are seeing firsthand how they can impact and bring joy to a kid's life, even if it's just for a brief moment. They understand that they can and should be role models. It's an important part of the maturation process for these student-athletes and only makes them better people." This is the 8th straight year the Titans have volunteered with The Miracle League since its inception in 2006.
Keeping in the spirit of giving back, the Titans also volunteer a Saturday morning to the Jamestown United Methodist Church in helping them unload a tractor trailer full of pumpkins and set up for their annual pumpkin patch fund raiser. "Our focus is to not only build a championship program on the field, but also to build a championship reputation in the community. Supporting the community that supports us is the least we can do," said Barrow. "Our guys enjoy lending a hand and helping out when needed. There is more to our program than just baseball."
Team practice concluded with the second annual "Steak and Beans Challenge" where the team is split into two groups and competes in a series of grueling events that test not only physical stength, but also mental toughness. "The goal is to build a foundation of teammwork and cooperation through mentally and physically tough events. Players have to understand they are a part of team and that the team will only be as strong as its weakest link. We want to have no weak links," said Barrow. Events included fire hose tug-of-war, STAR relays, tire wrestling, centipede relay crawl, among others. All total, there were 9 events. The winning team got a catered steak dinner, while the losing team got a meal of cold beans.
Finally, the Titans had a chance to finish up the fall with their first annual Halloween game. Players got to compete against each other in a full baseball scrimmage in Halloween costumes. "It was a chance for our guys to have some fun after a long, hard, and tough fall season. We had a good time with it and enjoyed ourselves that day."
The 2015 Titans look to bounce back from a disappointing 2014 campaign. The season starts on February 7 with a home double-header against Surry Community College. Be sure to check our website for updates.