By: Justin Brouckaert, Vanguard Sports Editor
It may not be baseball season yet, but SVSU players are already making an impact.
Members of the team volunteered this weekend at the Great Lakes Bay Miracle League in Bridgeport Township.
The players worked as volunteer “buddies” Saturday morning at the Frank N. Andersen Recreational Complex for the special needs baseball program.
“It’s great to be a figure in the community and a positive influence, especially for kids with needs like these,” said sophomore pitcher Justin Drzewicki.
The Great Lakes Bay Miracle League provides baseball for all children with special needs.
The field is constructed using a cushioned rubber surface and the rules in the games are altered to promote equal participation and sportsmanship.
Each player bats one inning and all runners are called safe. Each player scores a run before the inning is over, and each team and player wins every game.
Community children and volunteers such as the SVSU baseball players serve as “buddies” to assist the players during the game.
“There’s nothing better than seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces,” said sophomore catcher Chet LaFave.
Junior pitcher Colin Coulter also enjoyed spending time with the young athletes.
“It’s great to see that baseball is alive in the youth today,” he said.