For one of the final times as a team, Mid-Continent baseball players broke the huddle on Friday night knowing the program’s days were numbered.
Senior Tyler Krough hugged his teammates, because he knows what it’s like for a university to shut down, and to search for a different school to play for. Krough transferred to MCU from the now defunct Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee three years ago. This time around, the feeling is just as bad.
“It’s tough,” Krough admitted. “It kind of seems like the last part of our season is cut short.”
Unlike Krough, several other players still have eligibility left. So first year head coach Tyler Owen has reached out to his team to help plan their future from here.
“My concern is that my guys are alright,” Owen said. “And that they get to go continue playing if they want to, or try to get to go to a school where they’re going to be happy. That’s my number one goal.”
Although the last couple of weeks have been extremely difficult, coaches say the most emotional part of the entire process is yet to come. That will be when players have to clean out their lockers, and remove their name tags.
“You think about that and it just crushes you,” said Owen. “I mean it breaks your heart.”
Until then, Krough says there’s only one thing left to do.
“We’re going to go out and have fun,” he said. “That’s all we can do. Just go out and play for each other, not playing for anybody else except for family.”
Luckily, the Cougars will get to do just that. Thanks to family and community members donating enough money for the team to finish out the rest of their season.
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