College players stay sharp with Peninsula Pilots

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HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – Now more than ever, baseball is a year-round sport. The Peninsula Pilots play in the Coastal Plain League, a summer league that uses wood bats and features some of the top college players in the country.

“I like playing everyday, getting the opportunity to get better everyday and playing with these great group of kids, it’s fun, I never want a day off,” said Garrett Brooks, an outfielder from Chesapeake who plays at East Carolina University.

Hank Morgan is the Pilots head coach, and while he wants to win, he also wants to see his players grow.

“There’s another goal here, not to just get the guys ready for professional baseball, but to get the guys ready for their subsequent college season, so there’s a developmental side to this for sure,” Morgan said.

Ryan Cook from Virginia Beach is a pitcher at the University of Richmond and he’s buying into coach Morgan’s Philosophy.

“Hank has a few rules and one of them is to get better, by getting better, wins are going to come, we’re not focused on wins or losses, we’re focused on getting better so you can succeed at school,” Cook said.

Coach Morgan also wants the Pilots to be a part of the Hampton community.

“We try to do our best to try and make a home town minor league, down to earth, good clean fun. There’s a lot of craziness going on around the stadium. The community has really taken to it, we’re averaging around 2,000 (fans) a game, the ballpark is alive, it’s a great place to be. A lot of young people with lofty dreams, chasing their dream.”



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