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Blue Devils Baseball Up And Running

By:  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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