Temple, TX - The Temple College Leopards are NJCAA World Series bound for the third time in program history.
Coach Craig McMurtry is making his 4th trip and his 3rd as the head coach of the Leopards, but he got to be a part of McLennan College's inaugural trip, back in 1980 as a player, and now he's looking forward to sharing the experience with his players, and sharing his experiences with them
"When I was there was a long time ago, as a player, and then got an opportunity to go back in 2006 and 2010 with the college here so, the big thing is just not trying to change a whole lot of stuff," he said. "That seems to be the main focus. Not getting out there and then all of a sudden trying to throw harder, trying to swing harder and just trying to keep doing the things that we've had some success with the last part of the season."
The experience of going to Grand Junction is something these player dream about since they got to campus, in August. Pitcher Cody Wolf has heard about what it's like but he's looking forward to experiencing it for himself.
"I mean in the morning games there's around 3,000 to 4,000 people and then the later games, there's close to 10," he recounted. "I mean there's no other place that I'm probably gonna play with that many people there so, it's like a once in a lifetime opportunity and I mean a lot of us will probably never get an opportunity like this again"
Temple will leave just a day after the softball team returned with their first-ever championship trophy and seeing that makes the baseball team, want to follow suit.
"You've got a lot to live up to," First-baseman Jordan Monacy said. "They won the whole thing that's really cool, they worked hard, we hear them every day over there working so that's really cool got a lot to live up to for sure."
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