Lima, OH – Barons baseball has wrapped up their regular season for 2012 with a record of 12 and 24. After a very slow start to their year, losing on trips to South Carolina, West Virginia, and Kentucky, the Barons turned their season around in ORCC play going 10 & 6, for a third place conference finish. “Obviously, we would’ve liked to see more success in the beginning of the season, and we were also not gunning for number three. But, with all this team has been through this year, seeing them go out and win ten games in conference and compete for a title was impressive.” Said Coach Ambroza
Pitching and defense is the easiest place to point for the greatest improvements during the season for the Barons. “Early on, we were letting them get on base for free, either by walk or error, and that was just killing us. We worked hard to be more aggressive on the mound, and in turn that’s helped to keep our defenders sharp and ready to play good ball. Once some of our young men figured out how skilled some of their teammates are defensively, it gave them more confidence on the mound to pitch to contact, instead of constantly looking for the “K”. That has been crucial to our success.” Said Ambroza.
The greatest challenge this year’s team faced was likely health, as several members of the Barons have had to spend portions of this spring healing. “Not having our #1 and #2 guys on the mound, (Rusty) Lammers and (Addison) Wolf, healthy at the same time all year was devastating to us. However, their setbacks forced some freshmen to step up where they might not of been asked to otherwise, and we found some things we really liked, and didn’t know about before. Now we are as close to healthy as we’ve been all year heading to tournament play, so we feel pretty good about our chances. We’ve advanced 1 step closer to a championship each of the past two years, and hope to advance to the top this year.” Added Ambroza.
The Barons will learn their tournament draw late afternoon, Monday, April 30, 2012.