CHARLESTON, S.C. - Playing baseball in college, the stereotypical spring break vacation is a figment of our imagination – but with that an opportunity to experience what only a few others have presents itself. We got to travel down to Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina and play at Detyens Shipyard Park. This year they hosted their first annual Swig and Swine Classic, a tournament that debuted with us (Charleston Southern), Notre Dame and Ball State. Bringing in national powerhouses as well as a hometown group allowed for a diversified playing field and for a great experience. To have the opportunity to lace it up with some of the best talent in the country was truly eye-opening.
On Friday morning we got out to a good lead against the ACC powerhouse Irish and really felt that we gave the game away late. Then in the second matchup of our doubleheader on Friday we probably took Ball State lightly due to the lack of prestige comparative to Notre Dame and dropped both games down at Shipyard Park. We were able to salvage the weekend on Monday by coming out with an astounding win against Ball State beating them handily 12-4. That game was postponed on Sunday due to rain and was played the following Monday morning at 11 o'clock in a very cold and rainy environment. Say what you want about the Bucs, but time and time again we thrive in situations that others hate to be in.
Putting performance aside the most exciting part for me about our spring break tournament was the fact that I got to play in my hometown of Mt. Pleasant at a beautiful new ballpark. Shipyard Park is a recently new developed baseball complex that displays 5 all turf fields, batting cages, a nautical themed playground, an indoor training facility, press boxes, scoreboards, concessions and accompanied with a state of the art barbeque joint Swig & Swine. Being from the area and spending my entire life travel tournaments across the entire Southeast, I have never seen a more beautiful and scenic facility. The fact that this complex was built just five minutes from my high school and right on the water of my favorite fishing spot is just the cherry on top. It's a brilliant baseball venture and selfishly excited to see how my hometown benefits from it.