Varsity Baseball Team Takes Several Victories During Annual Vero Beach Trip

Norfolk Collegiate’s varsity baseball team has been traveling to Vero Beach, Florida for spring break since Hunter Flora ’18 and Jackson Burke ’18 were in eighth-grade. Warm, sunny and home to Historic Dodgertown, Vero Beach is the perfect place to play baseball for a week.

During this trip, the weather hovered close to a perfect 75 degrees and the Collegiate team won three of the four games they played. But what’s there to do when you’re not playing baseball? Plenty.

Dodgertown — originally the spring training facility of the Los Angeles Dodgers — is fully equipped with four fields with professional lighting and several indoor batting cages and pitching tunnels. When they weren’t practicing or playing, the team played basketball and tennis, went for a dip in the competition-sized swimming pool or played sand volleyball, shuffleboard, billiards, cards on professional tables, ping-pong and darts.

Still on the varsity team, Jackson and Hunter raved about their last year with the team.

“This year, we had a lot of seniors go, and it was a blast,” Jackson said. “It’s great to get down there in the perfect weather and play on the perfect baseball fields. We had some new players [this year], and it’s great for team bonding and chemistry.”

“It’s become one of my favorite things, not just in terms of baseball or school-related things. I’ve built so many memories down there. It’s not just baseball; you’re going down there with your friends and getting to bond with them,” said Hunter.

Other students who traveled to Vero Beach included:

Grady Fitzwater ’18
Josh Hutson ’18
Dylan Cheek ’18
Braeden Thomson ’20
Mark Hines ’20
Brandon Pettrey ’20
Emmett Jefferson ’20
Monroe Forehand ’20

MARCH2018