MIDLAND PARK — Throughout a long season, teams are going to be at their best some times and struggle during others. For the Midland Park baseball team, its best has offered a tantalizing glimpse of the program’s ceiling.
The Panthers have beaten some of the top teams on their schedule and have played tight games against other formidable foes, but it’s been a battle every step of the way to only a 7-10 record.
The most recent example of the Panthers roller–coaster year came May 7 in a home battle against Waldwick as Midland Park took a 3-1 lead into the fourth inning. However, some defensive miscues and heavy hitting by the Warriors turned the contest around quickly into a 9-5 win for the visitors.
“It’s an up-and-down season,” junior Greg Bulick said following the game. “When we play good, error-free ball, we beat teams.”
Head coach Jay Hagedorn echoed those sentiments and said his squad is focused on remaining upbeat as the season enters the home stretch.
“We’re just staying positive,” Hagedorn said. “They’re definitely having fun. They know they can beat teams.”