After ending a record setting season last year with a 28-22 mark, third-year Hesston College Baseball Coach Rob Ramseyer boasts a young and talented roster that is ready for the challenge. Leaving a bitter feeling at the end of the season, the heart breaking 1-0, 12 inning loss to Northern Oklahoma College – Enid does not sit well with the returning sophomores. This has fueled the team during the offseason.
A pair of double header games against Northern Oklahoma College – Enid, one away on
Feb. 24, one at home on March 28, will excite the players as well as the fans. Matchups versus local NJCAA Division I power Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College and Redlands CC, El Reno, Okla., also highlight the schedule.
“This is probably the youngest team I have had during my time here, but also one of the most talented,” Ramseyer said. “I think it will be fun to watch the maturation of this team. This team has some depth so it should be fun to see different guys step up each night.”
Working hard in the offseason, the Larks have been anticipating the beginning of their season since the day they arrived on campus.
“Our guys have worked hard in the weight room and the practice field since the day they got here in the fall,” Ramseyer said. “It has been a fun group to coach because, as a whole, the team has worked hard and gotten better almost every day.”
The Larks play a five-game series against Brown Mackie College (Salina, Kan.) that determines the Region VI winner May 1 to 3. The Larks will play Brown Mackie twice during the regular season, showcases of how postseason will play out. Hesston opens its regular season with a 1 p.m. double header at Independence (Kan.) CC Saturday, Feb. 14.
Under Ramseyer and former coach, Art Mullet, Hesston Baseball has enjoyed six consecutive winning seasons.