If you love the game, it will love you back | Opinion | The Press and Standard

by | July 31, 2016 5:00 pm

Last Updated: July 27, 2016 at 4:26 pm

This community loves the game of baseball. After all, with one of the most-beautiful ballparks in the state — the ACE Basin Sports Complex — found on our front porch, how could we not? A lot of young, still developing talent crosses home plate right here in Colleton County. Indeed, many of those talented players will wind up playing for one of our high schools.
Time and time again, the question has been asked, why isn’t Colleton County Cougar baseball successful and why can’t they put together a winning program?  To be honest, with as much talent as we see participating successfully in the early years, along with the number of players who go on to play in college, it is a fair question to ask.
With the resignation of Percy Knight last week and a realigned conference, Cougar baseball will have the opportunity for a fresh start. Sometimes, change is needed — and necessary. Across his eight years, Knight posted a record of 17-101. This community, and our athletes, put too much hard work and money into the game of baseball for an eight-year losing streak.
However, Knight, alone, did not put Cougar baseball in this position. Whoever winds up as the next coach of Cougar baseball deserves our support. It is a proven fact: programs that are widely successful have a community that stands behind them and supports their coaches.
In other words, let the winning begin and the whining end. I believe Cougar baseball is back — and it is way overdue.
Again, if you love the game, it will love you back.

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