Growing pains for Eagles baseball

By Mark Blentlinger

Coach Scott Muffley and the Eagles have had a roller coaster of a season so far, having games rained out and a lack of umpires. This young Eagles team has only two seniors on the roster this season, Tyler DeGroote and Luke Housler.

Muffley has been counting on his team’s pitching and strong defense to put wins in the column. Pitchers that have been key this season are Fisher Holmes, Eli DeVisser and Easton Poulson. Strong relief pitching is able to come in when needed; Austin Jones, Luke Housler, Ryley Brunner, Ethan Goodard and Thomas Rutkoskie have all come in as relievers.

Coach Muffley said “Through thick and thin we have been inconsistent at the plate” with days when the hitting is very good and other days the hits just don’t happen. Muffley added, “We need to get some consistency heading into the postseason.”

Most of the teams the Eagles are playing have more of upperclassmen with more experience under their belts. The Eagles coaching staff has been focused on working on patience and education. The team is sporting a 10-13 record as of now with wins against Delton Kellogg, Constantine, Mattawan, Parchment, Galesburg Augusta and Plainwell. With all games being double headers, the Eagles have also posted losses to most of the teams they have wins against.

On June 4, the Eagles will start the post season by taking on the Colts of Comstock at Centreville in district play.

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