The Royals baseball team practiced despite adverse field conditions Thursday.

Royals head coach, Ben Fair, made the call to move practice off the field after he determined that it was unconducive to use. The team instead made use of other facilities.

Fair and assistant coach, Brian Lovett worked with several of the team’s pitchers as they threw bullpens from artificial mounds in the Old Gym.

Assistant coach, Rob Harlamert, took the remaining players to the team’s batting cage to work on hitting off of tees.

Lovett encouraged the team prior to practice, saying that tee work may not be exciting, but when done with focus and purpose it can be used to improve one’s swing. Lovett said that Major Leaguers hit off of tees every day.

As the team gets closer to game-day, players remain optimistic about the quality of practice and anticipate a quality start to competition.

Sophomore middle infielder, Brian Cates, said that he felt good about that day’s practice. He said that it was great to come up and get a lot of swings in off the tee.

Micah Hescock, a Sophomore first baseman, also said he thought the day was successful. He said the team seemed to be coming together well and was in good position to obtain a win at its first double header.

The team will leave Feb. 14, for two games at The University of the South, in Sewanee, Tenn. They hope to see their hard work and dedication pay off with wins to begin the season.

Posted by Staff Report