Tulips are one sign of spring throughout the world.
For Central Michigan University, it’s the spring sports that act as the catalyst for warm weather and exam season.
Baseball, softball, track, and women’s golf and lacrosse are the University’s spring varsity sports.
Kaitlin Kimble is a sophomore on the women’s lacrosse team. Their season just wrapped up with a record of 7-10.
“I love how we practice when it’s cold in January, and then our last game at the end of April is so warm,” Kimble said.
Kimble has been on the lacrosse team for two years now, she is originally from Florida.
“I love sports here, better than home actually. You get cool and warm weather, so lacrosse is nice to play in spring,” she said.
Central Michigan University’s Baseball team is up by three games. The season ends for the chips in late May.
Jason Sullivan, pictured above, is an infielder on the team. The sophomore from Illinois said the team has “stepped it up” from last year.
“We’ve gotten so much closer. That helps us a lot, when we all play together,” Sullivan said.
He said the sign of spring for him is baseball.
“Definitely baseball is what tells me spring is coming. That and shorts weather,” he said.
Sydney Heath is an offensive player on the varsity softball team.
She said the atmosphere at the games is what makes it fun.
“Coming out, hearing your friends and family, there is nothing better,” Heath said.
Her family from Troy, Michigan comes out to every home game, and tries to make most away games.
“They spend so much on travel just to see me, so it’s encouraging,” she said.
That’s a sentiment shared throughout the spring sports team members.
Fans not only lift the spirits of the players, they have fun too.
Grace Bolthouse went to the CMU softball game on April 28, and tries to attend regular baseball and softball games.
“Cheering on the players is cool, and nothing beats seeing them win and be so happy,” Bolthouse said.
She said it wouldn’t feel like spring without sports to attend.
Softball ends the regular season on May 7, at Eastern Michigan University. The Chippewas have a chance to win the MAC if they win one out of three games at EMU.
The season for women’s golf is wrapping up nicely, with a public recognition award from the NCAA. The award is for the team having a GPA in the top ten out of all NCAA golf teams.
“The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation, and provides a tangible measure of a team’s academic performance,” according to a CMU press release.
The regular season for golf ended April 22, but they have a NCAA regional game on May 9, and championship May 15.
Men and women’s track and field still has MAC and NCAA championships to attend up until June.
As spring sports wrap up, they still serve a reminder to fans and players that summer is just beyond the horizon.