WolfPack baseball team continues its strong start

Joseph Dorschel, Sports Editor

Following a successful spring trip to Arizona, the Madison Area Technical College baseball team looks to keep the ball rolling. Since the trip, the team has nine wins and three losses. This puts the WolfPack at a combined record of 16 wins and seven losses for the season as of April 11.

The team’s home opener on April 8 began a nearly three-week homestand where the team will play eight out of the next 11 games at the Robin Roberts Baseball Field. The team will keep an even keel going into these games, according to coach Mike Davenport. His mentality is to keep business as usual while evaluating the team and the player positions.

“We show up to get better every day,” Davenport said.

While the team is certainly hoping to improve as the season continues, Davenport knows that the season is still in the early stages. With the first 19 games away from home, some might think that the WolfPack may be at a disadvantage. Davenport is quick to refute that idea.

“We’ll be playing a lot of games, no matter what. We’re used to the schedule that way,” Davenport said.

Although the team plans to be prepared no matter what comes their way, it’s still nice to play at home, according to Davenport. It’s nice for players to get in a comfort zone. The field, despite the recent rain, is also ready for action.

After dropping three out of four games on a recent trip to Illinois, Davenport hopes to get back to the team’s winning ways.

The coach believes that poor fielding, pitching, and a lack of timely hitting were contributing factors to the losses. Two of the games were against conference opponent Harper College. Those were the first conference matchups of the season for the WolfPack. They split the series with Harper with one win each.

The team is anxious to get back out on the field and play, according to Davenport. The team, as of April 11, has won it’s last six games.

While the final stretch of the season won’t be until the last few weeks, the coach wants the team to apply what they have learned throughout the season towards future games and adjust accordingly.

“We want to play at our absolute best when it’s time to win or go home,” Davenport said.

As the team moves forward, it remains to be seen if the WolfPack can move into a position to make it to back to the NJCAA Division II World Series. Davenport’s response was the team just has to take it one game at a time.