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Blue team tops gray team in annual SSU baseball series

The blue team swept the gray team 2-0 to win the Shawnee State University baseball team’s blue vs. gray intrateam series the weekend of Oct. 21.

Members of the SSU squad were split into two teams using a random generator, and the teams competed in a best-of-three-game series. Each team was coached by a player on the Shawnee State baseball team. The gray team was coached by Logan Green, and blue was coached by Brock Kitchen.

The blue team took a big lead in the first game and held it until the third inning, when the gray team came fighting back and turned it into an intense game. After trading leads, the blue team came out on top.

The second game of the series began a bit after the first ended, allowing starting pitchers to warm up and teams to make game plans. The second game looked very similar to the events of the first as the blue team came out with a lead, causing the gray team to push harder to fight back. The gray team was able to put up a small fight but was ultimately unable to keep up. With the sweep of the gray team in two games, the blue team increased its streak to three consecutive years as the winner of the traditional series.

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Dylan Driskill, Staff Writer
Dylan Driskill is in his senior year at Shawnee State University, studying sports management to be a college baseball coach. He loves baseball and doesn’t want to step away, so he plans to keep in touch with the game through coaching. He started playing baseball at 7 and hasn’t had a desire to leave the sport since. As a coach, he wants other players to know and love baseball as much as he does. His dedication doesn’t apply just to baseball. He describes himself as a “devout” Christian with the roots of his faith beginning at home. Dylan describes his faith as his own, saying that it is a personal conversion. Dylan grew up in Kaufman, Texas, attending a non-denominational church called C-life. He participated in vacation Bible school growing up, where he learned about the Bible, and a church-based basketball organization called Upward. Between basketball games, coaches and players would practice Bible verses and talk about the Bible.  His parents instilled good manners, faith and southern hospitality in him as a child. He described southern hospitality as saying, “yes ma’am” and “no sir” and giving thanks. He was taught to thank God before meals and to thank others when they do something kind for you. He knew what the word respect meant and how to act respectfully. These values were taught to him by his parents. He calls his father the most influential person in his life. He says that his dad has been through a lot mentally and physically, and he was able to come through strong. Because of his strength through challenges, Dylan considers his father a great role model who has helped shape him into the person he is today.  When asked what he would tell his younger self, Dylan's response was “to not take things for granted.” He said that if he had taken school, working out, health and life more seriously than he did, he would have felt more confident and prepared for life than he really was when he graduated high school. 

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