Feature Sport: Baseball
Not many people will deny that Mount Marty College has an outstanding baseball program. With a current season record of 5-0 the Lancers are off to a spectacular start. Head Coach Andy Bernatow had no hesitation in naming their season objective: bringing home a conference title. The most recent title won by the Lancers was in 2012 and this season could see another one added to the trophy case. With eleven returning starters at Coach Bernatow’s disposal, a conference title is a definite possibility. Bernatow admires the amount of time and effort his players put in to prepare for the season, as well as their level of discipline. Much of that discipline is due to the high number of upper classmen on this year’s roster; which also adds a lot of experience. Experience and young talent are attributes that all great sports teams have. Young talent is something the Lancers have in excess with twelve freshmen added to this year’s roster, that’s twelve players who will be fighting for playing time and be looking to make their presence known in the GPAC. Both talent and experience will be needed this year because, according to Bernatow, the GPAC has some of the toughest competition he has seen in his ten years as head coach.
In preparation for the current season, the Lancers took a trip down to Topeka, KS at the end of February where they played four games. The Lancers went undefeated in all four games, which included a big 3-0 victory over highly ranked opponent Avila University of Kansas City, MO. This was one of two pre-season trips taken by the team this year; the second was a spring break get away to Tuscan, AZ. In Tuscan, the lancers went 4-6 but came back with some much needed game experience for younger players. As reflected by the current season, this year’s team possesses the necessary components for success. With ten seniors looking to end their baseball careers as champions, it will be exciting to watch this team compete this season. However, the players can only do so much; they need our support and encouragement. Be sure to attend as many games as possible this season. That means get out of your room, make some friends, enjoy the spring weather, and head on down to Riverside Park to cheer on your Mount Marty Lancers!