Lima, OH – Barons baseball got off to a hot start of the 2010 season winning 3 of their first 4 games including a split with Clark State CC and a DH sweep of NAIA Cincinnati Christian University. However, they have since been cooled as they lost their last 4 games by being swept in doubleheaders with NAIA University of the Cumberlands and NCAA Div III Ohio Northern University.
Leading the way for the Barons in the first week has been 2nd year outfielder Adam Hemker who is hitting .391 with 3 doubles and 2 triples. Other key contributors early are all freshman. Pitcher/utility infielder Cory Echols is 1 & 1 on the mound, beating Clark State CC with a complete game 1 hit shutout and losing to ONU despite battling through 5 hard innings. Echols is also currently hitting .444 on the young season. Pitcher/outfielder Justin Dunlap is 0 & 1 on the mound, drawing powerful University of the Cumberlands in his only appearance thus far on the mound, Dunlap is currently hitting .286. Pitcher/outfielder Seth Blackmore is currently hitting .294, and has the Barons only homerun so far this spring.
“We have already experienced several highs and lows this spring, but I am very optimistic with much of what I’ve seen. We need to improve in several areas, as any team does after just 8 games, but two areas we stress excellence in are throwing strikes as a pitching staff and battling at the plate. Right now, we are walking too many opponents, and looking at too many third strikes, that must be improved on immediately,” quoted Head Coach Abe Ambroza. “We have a lot of youth on this team, and with that comes a lot of emotional ups and downs. If we keep improving on key areas we can accomplish a great deal with this club. I’ve been happy with most of what I’ve seen from these guys, and our depth at pitching should be a real strength for us. Returning our #1 from last year Chris Boyd, as well as the key bullpen arms of Alan Hankinson and Steve Nungester makes it possible for our young arms of Echols, Codie Roberts, Greg Patterson, Dustin Craig, Justin Dunlap, and a few other guys who’ve only seen action out of the pen thus far to come in and find success!”
With their depth in pitching and some added bats the Barons have high hopes for their 2010 season. The Barons will be at home for their first time this season on Wednesday, March 31st as they host ORCC member OU Chillicothe at 4pm. They also will be hosting Clark State CC on 4/1/10 at 4pm, and OU Lancaster on 4/3/10 at 1pm. Come out and support your Barons. Admission to all home games is free to all fans!