No swingin’ in the rain

Ben Fitch

Because of the weather, the baseball season has been delayed recently. The first, second, third and fourth games were cancelled.

The games, which were cancelled Feb. 19, 20 and 21, were scheduled to be against Nebraska-Kearney, and Feb. 23, the Ichabods were to play Rockhurst. That game was also cancelled.

But the Ichabods were ready to get on the field said coach Steve Anson. They faced Southwest Baptist on Friday and Saturday, and walked off the field with three wins. Play was cancelled yesterday, however, when the Ichabods were to face Wayne State.

When the Ichabods do get to play, they will have the looming 23-27 record from last season to shake out of the books. Washburn was picked for eighth in the 2010 MIAA preseason coaches poll. Out of the 11 teams on the poll, Washburn was ahead of Pittsburg State, Southwest Baptist and Truman.

Anson said he believes that more focus could lead to more wins. There are many new players on the team this season, and it is hard to foresee where the Ichabods are heading.

Jake Iverson is a left-handed pitcher for the Ichabods. He sat out last season because of elbow surgery following the completion of the football season. Now, he is ready to get back on the field. The junior from Lincoln, Neb., allowed 17 hits and 12 earned runs in 15.1 innings of work as a sophomore in 2008.

If not cancelled, the Ichabods will face Pittsburg State at home, Saturday. Pittsburg State is 2-3 so far this season.