2009 Baseball Season Outlook
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - 2010 looms ahead and it should prove to be a pivotal year for Red Hawks baseball. The team has been making strides forward the past three years, and 2010 will prove to be another year of growth and gain.
Last year, Red Hawk baseball became a member of the Cascade Conference. It became one of four teams in the Southern Division with four more teams in the Northern Division. The team will play a 32 game conference schedule with the opportunity to qualify for post season play. The total game schedule will be 55 games for the spring.
The demolition of the Vacaville Stadium is now complete and the construction of it on Simpson's campus will begin soon. The slowdown in the economy has affected fundraising. A capital campaign drive will begin this spring. The new stadium will bring many opportunities to the entire Simpson University and Redding community with activities such as sunrise services, live theater, community fundraisers and concerts. It will also allow the athletic department the ability to generate revenues to help with the funding of all of the athletic programs on campus. The goal is to have the field ready for the 2010 fall season and only money is keeping it from happening. The current projected opening is January 2011.
This recruiting class is the strongest to date in both athletic ability and academic prowess. Some of the new players come from some of the most successful community college programs in California. The freshmen recruits are looking very promising as well. They are talented, with All League, All Conference and team MVP awards being represented. One of the key elements to any successful program is competition for the positions available and Simpson will certainly have that this year.
When all of the above is added together, 2010 will be a very exciting year.
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.