Traverse City Pit Spitters Begin Practice Ahead of Opening Night

Opening night at Turtle Creek Stadium is just one week away, which means baseball will be back in Traverse City.

On Wednesday morning, the Pit Spitters got to take the field for the first time for practice.

Screen Shot 2020 06 24 At 4.25.05 PmAfter delaying their season for over a month and uncertainty if it would ever happen due to COVID-19, they are happy to be back playing again.

“I would’ve missed it so much,” said manager Josh Rebandt. “If we didn’t have the opportunity to play and what not, it really would’ve been a long summer. To me, being out here and being with the guys, I couldn’t be more grateful.

The team is getting back into the swing of things in their first session, along with the Northern Michigan Dune Bears and the Great Lakes Resorters who practiced later in the day.

“It was great,” said Pit Spitters infielder, Spencer Schwellenbach. “Just the practice atmosphere, you get sick of it during the season, but when you can finally get back to it, it was good.”

They are preparing as much as they can ahead of Opening Night against the Great Lakes Resorters, and 57 games this season, giving fans something to look forward to.

“You never would’ve expected in 2020 to be part of reinstating normalcy to any part of the country, let alone our community here,” said Rebandt. “To me that’s the most exciting part, is that we can start helping people get back to normal. People can sit in the stands and grab a hot dog, a Coke, a beer, and take in baseball.”

The Pit Spitters play the Great Lakes Resorters on Wednesday, July 1 at Turtle Creek Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

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