Florida A&M head baseball coach Jamey Shouppe believes experience will continue to be a valuable tool for getting his team back to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament for a second straight title, and hungry to play better in the NCAA Baseball Tournament.
Two seasons ago, Shouppe and his team played in their first MEAC tournament. They didn’t win it, but the experience the players gained was what sparked the Rattlers to coming back this season to win their first MEAC Conference title in 21 years.
“The experience we gained will make our guys not satisfied with just going there showing up,” Shouppe said. “We are going to be hunger this year, and coach to win. And play to win every game we play.”
The FAMU baseball team has won 49 games over the last two seasons, while tallying their most conference wins in a two-year stretch. The Rattlers will be returning over a dozen seniors, who will go into next year’s season ready to be more competitive.
“We have to continue doing what we have done,” Shouppe said. “We have to refine the process. As we continue to set our own bar higher. We have to continue working harder and smarter.”
Shouppe will enter his third season as the Rattlers’ head coach in the upcoming season. He is working on recruiting talent that will be better, and overall improving his baseball program. He will be looking for players that can do the job in the classroom, but also be competitive on the baseball field.
“Pitching. You always have to recruit for pitching,” Shouppe said. “You are not going to win if you do not have pitching. We saw that in the post season. We will continue to look to bring in better arms.”
“We just have to recruit well to continue to build,” he added.
Shoupe was also able to gain experience this past season, which will help moving into next season.
“Obviously, when you play good teams, you see good players,” Shoupe said. “We saw the type player it takes to make it, and win the regional tournament. And, to move on in the NCAA tournament. We saw our strengths, and the guys who get exposed.”
A goal line stand at the end of the first half helped preserve a scoreless game at intermission and give a team time to catch its stride.
The Capital City Cobras (10-1) took control in the second half and defeated the Pensacola Bay Spartans (6-5) 22-8 in the first round of the Amateur to Professional Developmental Football League playoffs.
The game’s first score came just 2:30 into the second half on 64-yard touchdown reception by Kearsten Edwards. Quarterback Dion Graham audibled to a quick slant when he noticed the Spartan’s defense setting up for an all-out blitz.
“We just made adjustments to what the defense was doing. They were giving us passing plays so that’s what we took,” Graham said. “With our top running back going down, I know things will be more on my shoulders. But if we continue to work as a team nobody will be able to stop us from going to Atlanta.”
By: Royal A. Shepherd, Production Director
Crawfordville, Fla. (FranchiseSportsOnline.net) -The Wakulla High School football team gave the community its first look at what to expect from next year’s squad in the Annual Blue and White game on Friday.
The War Eagles took Jerry Reynolds Field at J. D. Jones Stadium to evaluate the team’s progress since the beginning of spring practices. The result was a 14-14 draw at the end of nearly one half of play.
The blue team featured future Florida State wide receiver Keith Gavin and the nation’s top duel-threat quarterback Feleipe’ Franks. Franks said he enjoyed the light-hearted contest.“This is a fun game. We come out her to be competitive but to have fun in the same sense,” he said. “It’s always nice to come out here to enjoy these moments with family and friends and to get better.”
By: Kristen Edwards
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Well-rounded student athletes have long been revered for their abilities both on and off the field. Astounding athletic performance coupled with a passion for service to the community is the impressive combination Penn State transfer Kevin Haplea brought to Florida State in 2012. After transferring to FSU, he proved his skill in games and demonstrated true character in founding the Uplifting Athletes chapter for FSU.
Uplifting Athletes is an organization that champions research for rare diseases. Each school with a chapter selects a rare disease that in some way affects the sports team the chapter represents. For Haplea, selecting Fanconi Amenia was a no-brainer considering Coach Jimbo Fisher’s son Ethan suffers from the illness. Therefore, the Fisher’s Kidz1stFund was unquestionably chosen to represent FSU’s chapter and its events, which benefit research for Fanconi Anemia.
By: Kristen Edwards
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Maclay baseball team will advance to the Leon County district finals following their 4-0 win over John Paul II Tuesday night.
The even matchup made for a close game in six of the seven innings played. The innings were quick, the errors were few, and both teams made solid consistent contact throughout the game.