Baseball Season Preview
By Harry Wall
Coming hot off the 2018 season, Hornets Men’s Baseball has their expectations set high once again as Shenandoah’s most winningest team in the last 10 years (.724) eyes down back to back ODAC Championships.
Despite falling short in the Mid-East Regional Championship last year, Head Coach Kevin Anderson still believes that “first and foremost we attempt to win the national championship. If you’re not trying to win the national championship, why are you playing or why are you coaching.”
Anderson acknowledges the road won’t be easy, as the Hornets play in one of the toughest conferences in Division 3 Baseball and will have to embrace one of the top 20 strength of schedules in the country.
Freshman and Presidential Scholar Aaron Torres says, Coach Anderson “Not only has high expectations for us on the field but also off it, academically.”
A very veteran orientated team offensively on paper returns 7 position players but the 25thranked team in the country will look to co-captain Robert Klinchock who emerges as a number 1 starter. “It’s his time to step up and be our number 1 guy.” Coach Anderson says.
Watch out for the mound as the Hornets are very young, but Coach Anderson ensured to emphasize that they are also very talented. New behind the plate and a new designated hitter in the lineup make for an exciting 40 game season.
On March 30thlook out for a rematch of the 2018 ODAC Championship as SU takes on number 5 in the nation Randolph-Macon.
The Hornets kick off their 2019 season on February 16 versus the 11thranked team in the nation, Misericordia.
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