Throughout a season, teams will find it difficult to stay on top of the competition as they try and achieve a championship. The TJC baseball team has had many successful seasons in the past and is on track for another one.
“We’re off to a good start, I can’t complain about that,” said Head Baseball Coach Doug Wren.
With a record of 22-8 at about the midpoint of the season, the Apaches look to continue this strong run come May when it’s playoff time.
“Hopefully we can push some momentum going into postseason stuff here,” said Coach Wren.
This will be important to the Apaches as they look to win their first national championship since 2007.
The team looks to be in good shape this season with the ability of their offense to score runs and the ability of the pitching staff to hold other teams to scoring low.
The Apache hitters have combined to have .289 batting average this season.
“I feel like I’ve improved on being a better baseball player this year,” said sophomore right fielder Taylor Drolette, who is batting .333 with 1 HR and 7 RBI’s
The pitching staff also seems to have found a nice rhythm as they have shut teams out five times this season.
Sophomore catcher/pitcher Blaine Hashagen who leads the team with a 0.00 ERA in 8.1 innings pitched, is one of the powerhouses on the pitching staff.
“Right now we’re winning, so I don’t feel like we should change too much,” said Hashagen.
Even with all the success they are having this season, there is always room for improvement.
On defense, the Apaches have committed 23 errors to give them a team fielding percentage of .968
“We’re trying to find a consist balance of guys that we can count on,” Coach Wren said. “By finding the right balance would mean that the players would have to be put into real game type situations. We’re finding some roles for some guys,” said Coach Wren.