Special Contributor Jon Singer CHICKASHA – It’s commonly heard that many great athletes play for the love of the game. However, it’s not common to hear about the mentors of these athletes who coach and teach for the love of the game.
CHICKASHA – The Drovers now have two players from the 2013 baseball squad who will be playing professional ball this year after Brian Vigo, USAO’s starting center fielder, signed as a free agent with the Saint Louis Cardinals franchise this week.
Vigo told USAO head coach Mike Ross that the franchise officials called him and asked him to sign as a free agent. He signed on the dotted line on Wednesday and already arrived in...
CHICKASHA – Brian Vigo’s character surpasses that of a traditional student athlete. He works hard and keeps a positive attitude; He’s respectful of opponents and maintains good sportsmanship, even under less than ideal circumstances.
These aspects and more were what made Vigo a natural choice for an NAIA Champion of Character, an award to which he was named earlier this month.
CHICKASHA – The Drover baseball season, complete with broken records and national tournament invite, turned out to be the best season in school history, something Assistant Coach Sam Hayden was excited to see his first season back at the university.
“The season was unbelievable. From the start of the fall, we knew what kind of team we had,” Hayden said. “They were ready to go from the very beginning until the very end, so it was an...
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Drovers played a strong ball game with 14 hits and six runs but fell to No. 2 Oklahoma City Stars in the 11th inning of an elimination game in the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round on Friday night at OCU.
The Stars go on to Jamestown (N.D.) in another elimination game at 11 a.m. Saturday.
In the double-elimination tournament, the loss sends the Drovers (41-19) home with the season wrapped. The...
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Drovers delivered a solid performance – and one player broke a school record -- in their first national tournament appearance, but ultimately fell to (15) Sterling College.
The tournament is double-elimination. The Drovers move on to play Northwestern (Iowa) at 11 a.m. Friday at Jim Wade Stadium at OCU, while Sterling will play either (2) Oklahoma City or Jamestown (N.D.) at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
CHICKASHA – Hours of practice, thousands of pitches and nearly four months of contests, the Drover baseball team earned their reward and the season’s No. 1 goal: The program’s first trip to the national tournament.
After are record-breaking season, the Drovers (40-17) are eager to play in the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round, which is slated to begin Thursday at Oklahoma City University.