Baseball Starts Fast, Falls Short (For KAW)

Bryan Grabauskas Washburn Review

The baseball team kicked off the season in the SAU Air Hog DII Classic. In the four games they were involved in, the team came away with three wins. After that, the season was in full swing. They won their next three games, including a 14-4 win against the University of Arkansas Monticello that ended after seven innings. In their next series, a four game competition against Drury University. They went 2-2 in that series, losing the first game and the last game. They would then stumble into a series against Missouri Western State University, in which they lost all three games. In early March, they rebounded from their previous slump and beat Northeastern State University in three consecutive games. The team finished out the month pretty evenly, winning six games and losing six games. The first two days of April saw two more wins, but then the season as a whole took a turn. The team was sitting well above .500 with a record of 19-13. Then, starting on April 5, the team went on to lose nine consecutive games. They managed to win a game in late April, but they went on another losing streak, this time for six games. The season did end on a high note, with the team winning their final game of the season. The team’s record at the end of the season was 21-28.

Reflecting on the season, Senior Infielder Riley Krane said:

As far as the year went, it definitely didn’t go the way we planned. Had some tough injuries and lost a few key players. We had some bright spots too though, guys like Darian Abram and Bowe Behymer put together solid years for us. Josh Ramirez is another guy who will be returning, and he’ll be one of the anchors of the pitching staff. They’ll be returning next year, and they’ll definitely be the leaders of the team. Coach Douglas always does a great job of getting the guys he needs in order to compete, and I expect next year to be very successful for them.”

Riley Krane received third-team All-MIAA honors.

Lance Barkley and Darian Abram were both named All-MIAA honorable mentions.

The Ichabods had 17 players represented on the MIAA honor roll: Lance Barkley, Bowe Behymer, Kasey Clark, Ryne Dowling, JB Eary, Cole Gardner, Jacob Head, Riley Krane, Braden Larkey, Zach Linquist, Zach Macke, Jacob Michalski, Otterstatter, Daniel Reilly, Tanner Triggs, Logan Twehous and Jack Weller.