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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, July 8, 2008

By Brian Bailey

Pirates working hard to get ready

By Brian Bailey
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If you want to get fired up for the football season, just spend about two minutes with East Carolina strength coach Mike Golden.

Golden is a true character. It’s his job to make this Pirate team strong. He takes his job seriously.

I watched some of the workout yesterday. The Pirates were coming off of a long weekend. I was watching the last bit of the work as the team ran sprints.

Golden wasn’t pleased. The team knew it. Suddenly, all of the chatter was gone. The field was silent. Golden blew his whistle and the group started over.

Respect comes in many forms. For Golden, it’s a glare or a short blast of the whistle.

Golden says it’s time.

“The guys have been doing great,” he said shortly after Monday’s workout. “It’s time! It’s time to go! We’ve had the best summer, by far, since we’ve been here. Guys are getting stronger and they’re getting faster. We’re doing a lot more, but we’re also asking for a lot more.”

Golden’s enthusiasm sparkles from his eyes. He likes this group. He loves their work ethic, and he thinks this team can accomplish anything.

“It’s time,” he repeated. “There’s no more schedule filler. There are no more underdogs. It’s time for us to go. We’ve been here four years. Everybody knows. The players know. The coaches know. It’s just time for us to take that next step.”

Golden says the key to this season lies within the players. The foundation has been set.

“They have to do their deal,” he explained. “They have to throw and catch on their own when there are no coaches around. They have to study the films; they have to take care of their academics; they have to take care of their bodies to get the rest when they can. They have to be responsible for themselves.”

Golden closed with this little gem.

“They always say that champions come around when nobody is looking. That’s where we need to be right now!”

Maybe that will tide you over as we get closer to the season.

Lawhorn has big night close to home

Former Diamond Buc Trevor Lawhorn was back in the area last week, playing with the Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League.

Lawhorn had his biggest night of the season in Kinston on June 30th. He had three hits, including a double and a home run in a Nationals win.

Thus far in 2008 Lawhorn has played for two teams. He started his year by playing 28 games in Hagerstown where he hit .244. He was then promoted to Potomac where he is currently hitting an even .300 for the season.

Lawhorn says that life in the minors has been quite a challenge.

“I got drafted by Cincinnati, went out there and played three years and then got traded to the Blue Jays,” said Trevor. "Unfortunately, they released me. Last year, after spring training, I went out to Independent ball, did well enough there to get picked up a couple of times. I got picked up by the Mariners and they released me and then I got picked up by the Nationals. I did well with them last year and they re-signed me and now I'm here.”

Trevor and his brother Darryl Lawhorn were a part of a Pirate team that fell short of their goal of going to the College World Series in Omaha. Both are still working their way up in baseball.

“He's out in California, playing for (the) Oakland (organization),” said Trevor. "He's at high A Stockton and he's doing really well. He's hurt right now. He tore a ligament in his quad so he's out for two weeks but he'll be back getting going.”

As for Trevor, he likes his current situation with the Nationals.

“I really like this organization,” said Trevor. “I like all of the guys on the team and hopefully they like me. My defense and hitting are my strengths still. I just try to do the best that I can.”

Potomac returns to Kinston for a three-game series on August 18th-20th.


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07/08/2008 03:00:27 AM


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