Joshua M. Hicks
The men’s baseball team finished with a 14-23 record last season, and they now are looking to bounce back as they start the 2015-16 season.
The Lakers started the season 0-2 after losing to Trinity Christian in a double header in October. Since this fall loss, head coach Steve Marchi says the team has been hard at work conditioning and practicing for the spring opener.
“We started with a seven-week fall ball session that included a lot of competition and instruction along with conditioning,” Marchi said. “We followed that up with two strength phases where we weight lifted four days a week and then got back on the field after winter break to prepare for the season.”
Marcus Radz, a senior and pitcher for the Lakers, says one of the top goals he has for himself and the team this season is to make the playoffs for the first time in Roosevelt’s history.
“The top goal I have is to make the playoffs for the first time while I have been here,” Radz said. “We were a game away last year, so it is still something that haunts me. The work we are putting in will help us achieve the goal of making the postseason.”
Junior and team catcher, Colten Trager, also believes that the team has a chance to make good in the postseason.
“As a team, we have our eyes set on winning the CCAC championship and making it to the college World Series,” Trager said. “We have a great ball club and I feel like those are some things that we can definitely accomplish.”
In order to make the postseason, chemistry is going to be essential, and according to Coach Marchi, his team has that chemistry.
“Chemistry is an important part of any team and we’ve seen a pretty good mix this year, so far,” Marchi said. “We’ve gotten to a point where all of the criticism is not coming from the coaching staff, and guys are pushing and encouraging each other to get better every day.”
The Lakers first home games of the season are on March 15 against Hannibal-LaGrange University at 1:00 p.m. at the Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, Ill.