The men’s baseball team at Roosevelt didn’t have an ideal start to the 2018 season, but are ready to learn some lessons and build toward the rest of the year.
The Lakers opened up the spring season away to the University of Illinois at Chicago, losing a close game 3-4. Things wouldn’t get much better, as Roosevelt would end up dropping six out of their next seven outings.
They traded wins with Lindsey Wilson College on March 10, defeating the Kentucky school 9-7 in the first game of the day before losing the next outing 7-8.
However, recent times has seen an upturn in the form of Roosevelt. They picked up consecutive victories against Trinity International University, with the offense leading the way with 23 runs in the two games.
They fell to Saint Xavier University in the first game of the series between the schools, but responded well by winning the next two matchups. The most recent victories give Roosevelt a conference record of 4-1, while continuing the teams unbeaten streak at home.
A key factor has been the play of Senior outfielder Andrew Bohlmann, who went 4 for 4 from the plate against Trinity.
Bohlmann, who is now in his fourth season of baseball at Roosevelt, said he’s seen more of a mental improvement than a physical one during his collegiate career. “I have become more aware of how my thoughts and emotions react to situations and how they affect the rest of the game,” Bohlmann said. “Through this awareness, I know what I can control and can’t control. The one thing I can always control is my attitude.”
It is important to remember that the baseball program has been at Roosevelt for less than a decade. Created in September 2009, current head coach Steve Marchi was the team’s inaugural manager, given the responsibility of building the program up from scratch.
For Marchi, it was both an exciting and daunting challenge to undertake.
“It has been all at once exciting, rewarding and exasperating. Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, only then do you realize how little you really know.” Marchi said. “It has been an honor and a privilege to be entrusted to start this program and I take the responsibility that goes with it very seriously.”
Although the results have fluctuated, the mentality of the team and coaching staff has stayed the same throughout the season. “We try not to celebrate momentum. Every win is celebrated then forgotten.” says assistant coach Michael Schultz. “When we are getting ready for the next game, our mindset is that our record is 0-0. Our record and stats tell us how we have been in the past but does not say anything about who we are that day.”
Now, the Lakers will look to kick on for the rest of the season and achieve the goals they set out before the year started. Marchi said they feel they have extra to prove as the men’s team was picked 9th of 12th teams in the pre-season conference poll.
“We wholly believe we should make a run at the top to the top of the CCAC this year,” Marchi said. “Our goal from the beginning has been to make the conference tournament and play like a championship club.”