Baseball: Ridgewood spends four days in Florida
By Dave Holcomb/For The Star-Ledger
on April 02, 2014 4:45 p.m.
The weather has certainly gotten better in the last couple weeks in northern New Jersey, but on Tuesday night the Ridgewood players and coaching staff still experienced that let down feeling everyone does after returning from a nice, warm winter vacation.
Ridgewood head coach Kurt Hommen and his team, however, were not on vacation, but spent four days preparing for the upcoming baseball season in Florida.
Hommen explained the trip breaks up the long winter baseball players go through in the northeast and gives them a taste of what college baseball is like.
“We got a lot of work done and it gave us a chance to get out in warm weather. Baseball should be played in 70 degree weather as opposed to the 40 degrees that we’ve been used to,” the coach said. “It brings some excitement to the kids to have a chance to go away and travel like a college team.”
In each of Hommen’s five seasons at Ridgewood, the team has taken a spring training trip to the state of Florida. Last season, the squad was in Disney, but this year Ridgewood went to Vero Beach, otherwise known as Dodgertown. The Los Angeles Dodgers trained in Vero Beach up until moving to Arizona in 2009.