Less than two months ago, the Boulder Collegians’ upcoming season was full of anticipation. Players from all across the country were arriving in Boulder, optimistic for what was ahead. But just like that, it was over. Over 40 games later, the boys of summer are headed home.
The Collegians’ 2019 campaign was full of ups and downs, but one thing that remained the same was the loyalty of their fans. General Manager Matt Jensen said the season broke seven-year attendance records. Scott Carpenter Park was packed and in full support.
Winning isn’t necessarily the goal for a summer team, but it’s always welcome to play quality baseball. Collegians infielder Kix Ferrell was impressed with the team’s performance during the Rocky Mountain Baseball League’s end of season tournament.
“We’ve got nothing to lose so let’s just go out here and win it,” Ferrell said regarding the team’s mindset during the tournament. “All the pitchers said they were going to go out there and throw a complete game.”
Pitcher John Kea did just that in his start against the RoughRiders. The Hawaii native went all nine innings to extend the Collegians’ season.
“I think everyone wants to win, but at the same time you know we’re just trying to have fun,” said Kea. “...Summer (is) coming to an end, we’re just all trying to hang out, (and) have fun with each other before we part our ways.”
Unfortunately for the Collegians, the tournament was cut short due to multiple days of rain and unplayable field conditions. The team was 3-1 in the double elimination tournament when the rain put an end to their season.
“I thought we were playing really good,” said Ferrell. “I think had we gotten to play the full tournament, no doubt we would have won.”
Head coach Eddie Toledo admitted the team was fatigued after playing nearly every day for almost two months. It’s a grueling schedule and a challenge for any player.
“I think that everybody is pretty tired,” said Toledo. “Some of the kids are definitely ready to go back home, see their families, get ready for their upcoming school (and) some of them have to report back (to school) within two weeks.”
The summer season is certainly valuable to these college athletes, and the friends they make can be equally worthwhile.
“I enjoyed all the guys, there wasn’t a guy I didn’t like,” said Ferrell. “(I) made lots of friends and hopefully I’ll see them all again someday."