Missed it by that much

By Erik Carr

“It’s deja vu all over again.”-Yogi Berra

On Sunday, the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team lost to Sonoma
State, 8-5, in the West Region championship game of the NCAA Div.
II Championship Tournament.

This allowed Sonoma State to advance to its second College World
Series ever after making its first appearance in 2008.

Just eight days earlier on May 14, the Broncos were in the
championship game of the CCAA Championship tournament. In that
game, the Broncos lost to the Tritons, 9-2.

One may think these unfortunate outcomes the Broncos should
dwell upon.

Thinking of the glass as half full, however, these losses will
only add fuel to a fire that will grow more and more during the
offseason.

In other words, expect the Broncos to be hungry to win during
the 2012 season.

Although the Broncos will lose eight senior players, including
conference MVP outfielder Travis Taijeron and four-year Cal Poly
Pomona veteran Casey Yokubaitis due to NCAA eligibility, there are
still many other players returning next year.

They still have junior catcher Jenzen Torres for one more year
and redshirt sophomore Kevin Bosson for two.

But right now, the offseason commences, and here’s what the
Broncos need to do to make the most of it.

First, get a power hitter.

This is a no-brainer, but the best-case scenario for the Broncos
is if they recruit a power hitter out of high school so they can
better their chances of winning a national championship with
him.

It’s too bad the Broncos didn’t have Taijeron throughout the
duration of his career.

Secondly, recruit several pitchers.

Four of the departing seniors are not only pitchers, but they
are all right-handed. Finding four arms to replace Michael Parker,
John Pollock, Scott Sibley and Yokubaitis in the offseason will
give the Broncos much-needed confidence going into next spring.

Finally, start getting excited for next season.

Getting the team excited about the 2012 season now will allow
the Broncos to maximize their motivation to play even better than
they did this year.

The Bronco fans shouldn’t worry. This year was just a teaser for
next year, which will not be “deja vu all over again.”

Women of Winter

Erik Carr, Sports Editor / The Poly Post

Women of Winter

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