The Eagles were last year’s Cinderella. Can they do it again?
DAYTONA BEACH — Some players and coaches want to turn the page on the past as quickly as possible, no matter how good or bad it was.
“What have you done for me lately?” is heard around baseball dugouts all over the world.
Kyle Guttveg isn’t one of those players.
In fact, after years of mediocrity, the Embry-Riddle senior is more than happy to hold onto last year’s Cinderella run for as long as possible.
“I like looking back at it,” Guttveg said. “Just looking at where we came from and where we’re going now. You work harder because of it.”
The Eagles are coming off their best season since joining Division II, winning 29 games and earning an at-large bid to the NCAA postseason. Embry-Riddle won just 34 games combined the previous two seasons, including a dismal 14-win campaign in 2017, and was picked to finish last in the conference going into last season.
“For me, every season feels the same,” said longtime head coach Randy Stegall. “You kind of change your goals a little bit, though. In NAIA the goal was to get to the World Series, win a national championship.
“Now, the goal is to…