By JOSEPH PARKER
CCC Dukes’ baseball team soared to the National Championship game last year representing CCC and the surrounding communities.
They survived playoffs knocking out St. Cloud College, and Herkimer County College. This journey landed them in The National Championship against, Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas despite their loss. I sat with players from the CCC Dukes roster Chris Seibert and Matt Ennis to discuss their experience.
When asked about the experience, Seibert shared,“It was the best experience of my baseball career. “It was exciting because we were good, we knew we had a target on our backs due to our success as a team, but it made us work harder every day, we couldn’t be beat”.
When asked if he saw his team going to the National Championship, Seibert said, “Yeah, I did, we worked hard at practice, we played very easily together, we also pushed each other for the best at the end of the day.” Seibert described the loss in the National Championship game as “depressing because working so hard in the fall to the spring, being where we wanted to be and then we lost, when we felt like we worked so hard and deserved to win.”
Ennis shared his view on the experience, “It was great flying to Texas seeing all the support from numerous teams from different countries. The atmosphere of the whole experience, the tremendous support we received from teachers, local businesses, and students.” Ennis said, “ There was much anticipation to come home with the Championship because Texas was going to be a hard team to play, but we were expected to work hard to win.” When asked if he saw his team making it to the National Championship Ennis replied, “We knew we were going to do something special but any jitters we had went away as soon as they started warming up.” Ennis felt confused and surprised when they lost the National Championship game saying, “You work so hard to get there, then you lose, the feeling was terrible but we were proud to make it the National Championship and represent CCC by playing a good game and trying our best.
Head Coach Keith Gorman summed the season up as the best one out of his three-year term with CCC. Gorman shared, “As a team, I felt they were the most memorable and had set a new standard for the baseball program.”
The CCC Duke’s Baseball loss is just the sad reality of sport that one competitor must lose and one must win. Their hard work as a team should not go unrecognized because a National Championship run is great and definitely leaves a permanent CCC legacy.