Titans Travel to Genessee CC in New York for CPBL Preseason Prep

by Jim Stewart

Wet and snowy April weather is an annual scourge for Central Ontario baseball teams. Municipalities refuse to issue permits in what poet T.S. Eliot describes as “The Cruelest Month” where spring expectations run high and availability of diamonds remain virtually non-existent.  Compounding this lack of field time is the Titans Baseball Club’s firm commitment to improving its on-field performance in its second season in the CPBL.  This combination of commitment and soggy local field conditions resulted in the organization’s decision to transport its teams on April 30 and May 1 to Batavia, New York and participate in a weekend of workouts at Genesee Community College.

The Titans have many links to Genesee Community College—the most recent of which was the commitment of 18U pitcher and outfielder Josh McBride to the GCC Cougars for the 2022-23 NJCAA season.  The resident of Lisle, Ontario and soon-to-be-Cougar will lead his teammates on to the GCC field on Saturday and Sunday for twelve hours of baseball in total.  McBride’s 18U Head Coach Denis Bailey—a graduate of the Cougars baseball program—explained his rationale for this April road trip:  “It allows us to get away and really bond as a group. Having two days on the field allows us to get to the minor details.  It also allows us to hit the ground running when we get back.”  Coach Bailey’s concerns about on-field “minor details” were echoed by Titans 16U Head Coach Eddie McKiernan who added that “It's great to get on the field with the boys and build some momentum going into Week 1 of the CPBL season.”  Coach McKiernan also addressed the trip from his vantage point as Titans’ Director of Player Development:  “With having 12 hours on the field over the course of 2 days, it will be nice to break down the game of baseball and explain all the small aspects of the game. It will also be great to get some reps outside and get all the coaches and players on the same page. The boys have worked extremely hard this off-season. It will be good to see it translate to the field!”

Buses will pull out of True North Fieldhouse at 6 AM on Saturday, April 30 for the trip from Newmarket, ON to Batavia, NY.  Safe travels, Titans.