In the cruel world that is the Ivy League baseball schedule, the winds of fortune are unpredictable. One weekend set of doubleheaders can turn a last-place loser into a contender, while at the same time derailing a promising championship run with ruthless efficiency.
Thankfully it’s April, and baseball is back. With spring trainining over, the Major Leagues have kicked off the regular season and all is right with the world. The Harvard baseball team has also been back in action, and with the first weekend of Ivy play under its belt, the Crimson finds itself in an unfamiliar place (at least in the last few years): first.
In Game 1, defensive lapses and an anemic offensive showing squandered a stellar outing by sophomore pitcher Conner Hulse in a 1-0 Harvard loss to the Sacred Heart Pioneers on Saturday. The Crimson rebounded in the nightcap, riding a home run by junior captain Tyler Albright and a sixth-inning rally to a 3-2 victory.
It’s a rare opportunity for fans of America’s pastime to pick the brain of one of the great baseball storytellers of the 20th Century, but that’s exactly what a captivated crowd at the First Church of Cambridge Congregational’s Lindsay Chapel had the opportunity to do last Thursday when Hall of Fame sports writer Peter Gammons came to speak.
After mixed results in her first five appearances, freshman goalkeeper Laura Bellamy steadied herself just in time for a barrage of Dartmouth shots on Friday in Hanover, N.H., making 37 saves in a 4-1 Crimson win.
This weekend, the Crimson took the ice for the first time since Dec. 8, once again scuffling out of the gate with a 3-3 tie against Princeton (9-9-3, 7-4-3) on Friday and a 1-0 loss yesterday to Quinnipiac (9-7-6, 6-3-5).
With time to spare, I reflected on the game we had just watched—the Harvard men’s basketball team’s 86-70 loss to No. 13 Georgetown—and two moments from the contest remained particularly clear in my mind.