Tallahassee, FL - The Tallahassee Community College baseball team came into the 2013 season with eight sophomores expected to play the field. There was plenty of promise with a cast of division-one recruits. With two weeks remaining, the Eagles are number one in the Panhandle Conference.
"We've actually won some games that we've really had no business winning," Head Coach Mike McLeod said. "We got behind early but these guys keep charging and keep coming back."
"Being able to go out and do what we do everyday, it's extremely impressive," said Ethan Bornstein, a sophomore pitcher.
It's impressive because the Eagles lost two big bats and a couple of arms at the beginning of the season. Florida State commit Nick Graganella is out with a back injury. Bobby Rice was declared ineligible.
"A guy that hit .350 and .311 last year, that's pretty big," said Trent Higginbothem, a sophomore third baseman.
But, at 37-5, the Eagles are still dangerous at the plate. Higginbothem leads the country in RBIs.
"It's awesome, you know?," he said. "Everytime I come up, guys are on. You gotta have guys on to hit 'em in."
Thirteen years ago, McLeod led the Eagles to a school-record 48 wins. The Eagles will not be able to catch that during this regular season, but they can at least tie it with a run in the playoffs.
"Whatever adversity's gonna be thrown at us, we're gonna keep grinding and try to get the W," Higginbothem said.