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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
By Brian Bailey

Pirates seek another turning point

By Brian Bailey
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I learned Monday night that East Carolina junior shortstop Dale Mollenhauer will miss between three and four weeks with a broken bone in his hand. It’s the same injury that Billy Richardson had a couple of years ago, and the same one that Clayton McCullough had when he was a Pirate. --- Brian Bailey


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This was certainly not the weekend that Billy Godwin and the Pirates were hoping for.

This East Carolina team had hoped to distance itself from the middle of the pack in Conference USA. Unfortunately, after losing two out of three to Southern Miss, the Pirates are smack dab in the middle of the pack.

There’s certainly still time, and I think the Pirates are still very much on pace to make the NCAA Tournament field.

Sunday’s win was pivotal. The Pirates were so distraught after the loss on Saturday that they held a team meeting.
The last time the Pirate players held a meeting like this was just after the Campbell game, when the team was 2-5.

That was a pretty nice run after that first meeting.

History could repeat itself. The Pirates have six at home, including two added games, and six on the road to finish the year. The most difficult of the road assignments is this weekend at Houston.

Sunday's win featured a pair of heroes.

First, Josh Dowdy continued to show just how steady he is as a Sunday starter. Dowdy didn’t strike many out, but that’s been the trend all year.

“That’s how it’s been going,” said Dowdy. “The strikeouts really haven’t been there but I’ve been getting a lot of ground ball and fly ball outs.”

Dowdy has his own theory on success.

“I stayed ahead in a lot of the counts,” he explained. “When you’re ahead it makes the hitters think a lot more and I’m thinking less. When I’m thinking less, it’s always better.”

That’s pretty much how I feel about life itself.

Sunday’s other hero was big Kyle Roller. Roller may become a folk hero in his years at East Carolina if he keeps blasting the long ball. He sent Coach Skip Holtz another souvenir with his two-run homer on Sunday.

“It was a change up down and in,” said Roller. “I kept my hands in and got enough of it to get it out.”

“Roller is going to be a great hitter at East Carolina,” said Coach Godwin. “He has given us some quality at bats through this stretch when he’s been playing.”

Roller is a pure hitter, but word from the team is that his defense has gotten better.

“He’s always got his batting gloves on,” continued Godwin, laughing. “We wonder if he slept with them.”

Another kind of win on Saturday

It won’t go on the team’s record for the season but the Pirates did get a great win on Saturday morning.

Coach Godwin and the team hosted Greenville’s Challenger League players to a special exhibition game at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Greenville’s league has grown from four teams in its first year, to eight teams in this third season of play.

Each Pirate player served as a buddy for the Challenger players. Each player's name was announced on the public address system at the stadium.

The smiles were bright and wide during the entire 90-minute game.

“You could really see that the Pirate players enjoyed working with the children,” said John Harer, an ECU professor who helped bring Challenger baseball to Greenville.

Here’s an ECU team that had suffered a disappointing loss just hours before. This same team would try to bounce back with a Saturday night game. In between, the Pirates gave some 70 children with special needs an afternoon that many of them will never forget.

It’s been my privilege to coach in the Challenger League for a second straight season. I can tell you first hand that Saturday’s game with the Pirates was the highlight of those two years for members of the Cubs in the Greenville Challenger League.

If you have a minute one Saturday, come by the Perkins Little League Complex off of 14th Street. You might catch the Cubs against the Marlins, or the Braves battling the Tigers.

You also just might shed a tear or two, when you see just how much baseball means to some that struggle just to make it to the next day.

I know the Cubs have taught me a life lesson or two.

Thank you to Coach Godwin and the Pirate baseball team for a great day!


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