August 20, 2012

SHU Baseball Pitcher Leiningen Shares His Experience in Summer Collegiate Baseball

A number of Sacred Heart University Baseball players competed in various collegiate summer leagues around the country this summer.  Some have written about their experience to share what their summers were like with SHU Baseball fans.  Here is junior pitcher Nick Leiningen's account of his experience playing in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League for the Shelter Island Bucks.

Playing in the ACBL on Shelter Island was one of the most amazing and eye-opening experiences of my life. Both on and off the field, I made life long connections and friends I will not soon forget. Going to the beach on off days never got old, and winning baseball games with a great group of players was even better.

While most of my team on the island was as asleep, I would be waking up every morning at 5:45 to go to work before our game that day. Meeting new people every day in the store was perhaps one of the best parts of summer. I met many many people that I can assure you will be a part of my life after college. At 1 o'clock when I got off work, I would go quickly to my host family's house, change and head to our field. Our team was great too. We had some very talented kids on our team from solid programs including Texas-A&M, St. Johns, Rice, and Tennessee. The competition was great as well, playing kids from many very reputable programs across the country.  Although our team loved to joke around, one day even wearing tuxedo shirt jerseys to honor the Perlman Music Group, we ended up finishing atop our division in the regular season.

My host family was nothing short of amazing. From the way my roommate and I were treated, to the living arrangements we were afforded, everything was spectacular. I have nothing but good things to say about the entire family. This summer was absolutely amazing, and I hope I have an opportunity to have another great summer next year.