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Friday, February 05, 2016
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  • Wow! What a week in high school baseball! A couple of county heavyweights squared off for a couple of critical conference battles. North Montgomery and Crawfordsville laced them up to play ball. Boy did they play! Monday and Tuesday, these two great teams stood toe to toe and battled it out. When the dust settled, the Athenians got the sweep and the Chargers deserved better, and the fans got great baseball. The win nearly guarantee the Athenians at least a share of the Sagamore crown. They just have to beat Frankfort again on Friday. The Chargers of Coach Matt Vorhees have served notice that they are here to stay. A lot of young kids on the squad. You'll probably see a bunch of these battles the next several years. And don't be surprised if the Athenians and Chargers do battle down the road in the tournament. Tough to beat a team three times in a year.
  • Now that the Kentucky Derby is in the books, California Chrome can start casting her sights on the elusive Triple Crown. I'm not that much of a fan of horse racing, but I do know that the Triple Crown is a tough thing to pull off in that sport. You rarely, if ever, see it accomplished in baseball either. In either sport, pulling it off is special.

    The Wabash Track and Field teams and Cross Country squad pulled off the conference Triple Crown this season.

    It is the second time Wabash has accomplished this very difficult feat. The outdoor Little Giant cindermen again dominated the North Coast Athletic Conference meet, outdistancing second place Ohio Wesleyan by over a hundred points. Along with the indoor title in February and the Cross Country championship in the fall, the Little Giants dominated them all in order to continue their dominance in these sports. The Little Giants have won the last four indoor and outdoor conference meets. Coaches Clyde Morgan and Roger Busch have both been Coach of the Year in their respective sports for several years.
  • As the meat grinder known as the NCAC West wound down last week, it was still full of drama and yet another fantastic finish.

    At Goodrich Ballpark, the fans were treated to some great weather and a good amount of great baseball. The Little Giants and Ohio Wesleyan's Battlin' Bishops laced them up for the last series of the regular season and certainly didn't disappoint. As the dust cleared Sunday evening, the teams split the series, 2-2. Both teams qualified for the conference play-in tournament, and a chance to play for the conference championship.

    Saturday was filled with some great pitching, as Ohio Wesleyan got game one, 14-8. Ross Hendrickson had an atypical off day. He's been great all year, but Saturday he left the breaking ball up in the zone and the Bishop hitters took advantage. Ross will be back on the hill this weekend. You can pretty much rest assured the outcome will be different.
  • Wabash and DePauw baseball strapped it up last weekend for a four-game NCAC West Division series. We knew it would be a battle--it always is. We didn't know that it would become an "instant classic" weekend series.

    The two teams stood toe-to-toe and battled it out in every game. Neither squad gave an inch. No lead was safe, and the outcome of every game came down to the last inning.

    When the brickdust had settled Sunday evening at Walker Field in Greencastle, the Little Giants and Tigers had battled to a 2-2 split. Even though I'm on the Wabash coaching staff, I must say that neither team deserved to lose more than two games in this series. It was classic Division 3 baseball.
  • Now that we're finally starting to get some semi-good weather, the crack of the bat and the pounding of leather can be heard all over the place. The Major Leagues have kicked things off as well. It's baseball season!

    Last weekend the Wabash baseball squad ventured to Chillicothe, Ohio, for a three game series with the College of Wooster at Veterans' Stadium. Wooster is one of the best programs in NCAA Division 3 baseball year in and year out. We love playing these guys every year because to be the best, you have to play the best.
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