Lake Monsters Bring Familar Faces to First Practice Back in Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Summer is here and the next chapter of Vermont Lake Monster's baseball is beginning.

Saturday night, the team practiced as a unit for the first time since arriving in Burlington on Friday.

As always, there are changes to report, but Aaron Nieckula is back as manager for his third season, this time he'll have Bryan Corey  serving as the pitching coach.  Corey won a world series throwing for the Boston Red Sox in 2007.

James Terrell is back in Vermont for his second season.  He's a threat on the base pads, and hopes that speed can bring him up to the next level.

It's a similar situation for Quebec pitcher Marc Berube, but he says, he's still living the dream!

Berube explains, "It's fun to be here, so I'm just enjoying my experience, and, I've thought about it and was like, yeah, the more fun i have, maybe I'm gonna get out of here, but honestly, the goal is just to have fun, play the game and enjoy the time."

Lake Monsters Manager Aaron Nieckula adds, "Wins are important.  But it's not the end all, be all.  Obviously we want to  improve the skills, the individual skills of each and every player.  Sometimes that means we win, sometimes that means we lose.  But at the end of the day, it's about the player and their skill development.  So if we can really hone in and improve their skills and get them to the next level.  And we sacrifice a few wins along the way, then so be it."

The Champs have a short time to come together as a team.  Their first game is Monday at Lowell.  Opening night at Centennial is Wednesday against the Brooklyn Cyclones.

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