Missouri Military Academy brings back baseball after 5-year hiatus
MEXICO - Missouri Military Academy has brought back its baseball team for the first time in five years.
A lack of interest forced the program to cease operations for a while, but now the cadets are eager to lead the new era of baseball.
"For over 130 years we've been molding young men into the best leaders that they can possibly be, and baseball is now the latest avenue for us to be able to do that," head coach Blayne Murphy said.
The cadets wake up early every morning for personal training exercises, followed by a mandatory two-hour study hall before going to class. Once classes are over, it's time for the athletes to practice.
"The most important thing is to keep that mental composure," senior pitcher Jacob Lurie said. "Once you've got that down, you can do it all."
MMA believes sports build strong leaders.
"When I put this uniform on, basically I think of myself as a leader," Lurie said. "I put everything else aside and I serve my team first."