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Baseball prepares for MWC play after spring break trip

March 30, 2012

The smell of hot dogs, popcorn and soda can only mean one thing: baseball season has begun. While the major league is starting its play with spring ball, the Monmouth College Fighting Scots find themselves to be in the midst of their 2012 season.

The Scots are just under the .500 mark at this point in the season, but this does not mean they have not been successful.

While most students were enjoying the weather during spring break, the Fighting Scots baseball team was partaking in some well-played baseball. The team made the trip down to Fort Myers, Fla. While on their trip the team bested Lasell College twice while also earning wins over Cornell College and Thiel College, while losing  to University of Dubuque and twice to Skidmore College. The last game of the week was canceled because several of the team’s members fell ill at the end of the week.

At this point of the season, the Scots have a total record of six wins and eight losses. The Scots have plenty of time to bring their record for the season above the .500 mark.

The Scots have not yet faced any competition from the Midwest Conference. They will begin the contention to earn a spot in the Midwest conference playoff starting Saturday, March 31. The Scots have their conference opener against the Illinois College Blue Boys at home at Peacock Memorial Athletic Park.

The men will then continue their fight to the Midwest Conference tournament and for the right to host the South Division Championships, which will take place the weekend of May 11 and 12.

The Scots return with three senior all-conference players, first baseman Ross Donnan, third basemen Caleb Ruyle and outfielder Mitch Johnson, who could help the Scots succeed if they are to return to the Midwest Conference Tournament for the 12th time in 13 seasons.

The trio also represents three of the top four hitters in terms of RBIs and average from the 2011 season.

If the Scots win the South division, they will then move onto the Midwest Conference Championship game. If they were to win the Midwest Conference, the Scots would receive a berth into the NCAA tournament, a goal the Scots have not reached since 2002.

Jon Welty
Contributing Writer

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