By Kairy Hernandez
The St. Petersburg College Titans baseball team’s fall season has commenced and head Coach Ryan Beckman couldn’t be anymore excited for a brand new season. Last year the Titans ended their season with a record of 25-22-1, finishing in third place overall and making it to the FCSAA playoffs. Coach Beckman called it a turning point for the team in their conference. His new goal for this upcoming season: to build on last year’s success. Coach Beckman was still working hard during the off-season, he said. “We did a great job this off-season bringing in the best student/athletes we could get our hands on. I am very excited about this team and optimistic about what they can accomplish”.
As most students head home after class or get started on the week’s assignments, these student athletes are putting in their extra time on the field. Florida is a very competitive state when it comes to college baseball and the Titan’s are making sure they are ready to compete again this year. Coach Beckman commented, “In this state every team is a good team. At this point in time our expectations are to play as hard as we can for 56 games and hopefully that takes us into the playoffs again.” The Titans will have some well-rounded players taking the field and helping Coach Beckman reach his goals.
This season there are a handful of players ready to take the Titans back to the playoffs. Trey Amburgey and Cornelius Copeland are two sophomores who are outstanding on the field. Leading off on the mound will be pitchers Alex Demchak, Jordan Doyle, and transfer Jeremy Graf. There will also be some newcomers to keep an eye out for, two players who were drafted out of high school and chose to play for coach Beckman over signing a professional contract: David Hollins and Diamond Johnson. Others on the coach’s list include Duke Stunkel, Brandon Grigsby, and Jesus Palacios.
Those interested in supporting the Titans can do so in numerous ways. You can show your school spirit by attending home games at the beautiful Joe DiMaggio baseball complex located in Clearwater. The team also accepts donations to help support their cause through the SPC Foundation. Staying up-to-date with scores and breaking news is also easy online at spcollege.edu/baseball or on the Titans twitter account @SPCBaseball.