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Rockford University baseball team happy to be back together after quarantine

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — It's been awhile, but the Rockford University baseball team is back together, after a long spring and summer away from each other. Outfielder Troy Tucci is among the three seniors that returned for their final year of eligibility.

"We definitely missed each other a lot, it's been weird not being around each other," said Tucci. "I mean fully we're not practicing together, pitchers are on one side of the dugout and position players on the other but still good to be around the guys."

The Regents started off hot last spring going 9-3 through their first 12 games, until the ongoing pandemic shut down the season. Senior Phil Hyland knew that last year's team had a lot of potential.

"I know this team is usually a .500 type team but last year we just had that feeling like we knew we could make a run," said Hyland. "It wasn't necessarily our talent, it was just everyone working with each other and being such hard workers and the team really blending."

Head Coach Bob Koopmann knows there's a greater sense of gratitude after the season got suddenly cut short, and he's happy to see the guys having a blast on the field.

"I mean personally from the coaching staff we all feel very fortunate that the school and the county were able to work something out where we were at least able to get out here and practice in the fall," said Koopmann. "It's a blast that we're out here, I know the players are very fortunate."

As of now the Regents are scheduled to play their 2021 season in the spring.

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Sam Knox

Sam joined the WREX news team in the Spring of 2020.

He graduated from Emerson College in May of 2020, just two days before moving to Rockford to take the job at WREX as a Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter. He majored in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Sports Communication.

Sam is originally from Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and has been an avid sports fan his whole life. He played basketball and baseball in high school, and he went on to play collegiate baseball at Emerson.

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