Blue Devils Baseball Up And RunningBy: Toby Gullion
It's been a very good
start to the season for Mitch Koester and the Kaskaskia College Blue Devils
baseball team as they are in the middle of their season opening trip through
Mississippi with a 3-1 record.
The season started
with a seven-inning, wild 13-12 loss to Copia Lincoln in the first of two games
that KC played in Wesson, MS. In the
loss, KC flashed signs of what could be with their offense. Hopkinsville, Kentucky native Jarrod Perry
went 2-2 with a double and a triple.
Dennon Koziol of Hamilton, Ontario finished 2-5 with a double and 2
RBIs. Walther Lutheran grad Chris
Stevens scored 3 runs and drove in one as well.
Windsor High's Kyle Floyd had a double and RBI while Landin Diaz of
Liberty HS in Kissimmee, Florida finished a 2-3 day with a RBI.
The second game, KC
handed the ball to potential ace freshman and Effingham grad Nick
Gardewine. The right-hander struck out
10 in six-innings of work and allowed just five hits as KC exploded for a 9-1
victory over Mississippi Delta Community College.
Offensively in the
game, Stevens stayed hot blasting a 3-run homer and added another RBI later in
the game, Perry was 2-4 with two doubles and three runs scored, Diaz had
another 3 hits for and an RBI while Walther Lutheran grad Josh Galvan had a
double and 2RBI in the win.
KC then swept the 7th
ranked team in Division 2 baseball Hinds 6-4 and 9-2 with Mt Zion's Steven
Reynolds picking up the win in the second game.
The Blue Devils have
several young, dynamic arms which could lead to a very deep staff and
successful run by the time the Region 24 Tournament opens up at the end of the
season. However for coach Koester, he
only focuses on what's ahead.
The Devils will
remain in Mississippi with two games on Saturday in Decatur, MS versus East
Central and Lawson State Community College before traveling to Meridian to take
on the hosts. After that KC will return
to the midwest with a game on March 2nd at Vincennes before opening up their
home schedule on March 5th with a double header against St Charles Community
College starting with first-pitch at 1pm.
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