By AJ Pascuzzo
In collegiate athletics these days, the bright spotlights do not scare away the freshmen athletes from taking over key roles on their respective team.
This is exactly what freshman Billy Mitchell has done in his first season with the Bridgewater State University baseball team.
Mitchell, who was a four year member of the Boston College High School (BC High) baseball team, was a key starting infielder to the traditional high school powerhouse.
Going from BC High to Bridgewater State, Mitchell finds himself surrounded by a cast of very young players. In a rebuilding year for the Bears, Mitchell has stood out and ensured a bright future in a Bears’ uniform.
Mitchell is a right handed third baseman who also contributes in the outfield. When he is not playing the field he is the designated hitter (DH).
“As for benefiting the team I feel like I bring excitement into the lineup and bring a little fire,” Mitchell said.
The Bears haven’t played the best baseball that they wanted this season, with an 11-19 record, but they are beginning to see exactly what they have in their younger players, including Mitchell.
Mitchell has made his biggest impact offensively this season. Mitchell is currently third on the team in batting average behind junior transfer Ryan Manning and junior first baseman and captain Nicholas White.
Mitchell is batting .286 with four runs batted in and has a .392 on base percentage. The freshman has also shown off a strong arm in the field.
“I started off the season hot, but I’ve been slumping of late,” Mitchell said. “I’m going to get back on track and help this team win some more games.”
As a team, the Bears have struggled due to their inexperience on the diamond. With just three seniors on the roster, the Bears look to benefit from Mitchell’s success.
“As far as my future looks as a Bear, I plan on staying here all four years and helping the team get better each year,” Mitchell said. “I can careless about how I do, I just want to win and help my team anyway that I can.”
Mitchell and the rest of the Bears will travel to play Western New England University on Friday at 3:30 p.m. before a doubleheader at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday.
AJ Pascuzzo is a Comment sports writer. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.