Chemistry is key for strong Eagles baseball team


Trevor Finnan

VCC men’s baseball player Ethan Ringle swings at a pitch during the Eagle’s game vs Robert Morris JV on March 28. The Eagles would win both games scoring a total of 23 runs in an offensive explosion.

As their first season as a Division III baseball team heats up, the IVCC Eagles’ record stands at 15-7. While it may not be the strongest record in the conference as of right now, hopes for a successful season still remain high by both players and coaches alike.

When asked what his impressions of the team were so far, head coach Jason Goode had nothing but great things to say about the team. He says that he is, “Very excited and happy with them… we’re playing competitive baseball no matter who or what level team we’re playing.” This is a quality that Coach Goode finds “very important.”

Part of their success so far this season is due to the ability for every player to contribute, according to Goode. He says that “Our roster is deep. We have 20 guys and all of them see playing time and can contribute.”

This contribution needs to continue if the Eagles are going to achieve their goal of going to nationals, the driving factor for the team according to outfielder Logan Bima. When asked what the main goals and expectations of the team were this season, his answer was “Everybody wants to go to nationals, and that’s what we’re pushing for every day.”

While hopes remain high, both Bima and Goode agree that there is room for improvement. The major target area, according to Goode, is offense. He says that “Our defense is as good as anybody’s… but our offense can get a lot better. We’re tinkering with a few positions and we’re tinkering with the lineup but once we figure out how all of the pieces fit, we will improve.”
With few weaknesses, great chemistry seems to be thought of as this team’s ace in the hole by everyone associated with the team.
According to Bima, they plan to use these positive vibes as fuel for the remainder of the season and hopefully use it to carry this band of brothers to the big dance they call nationals.

If you would like to come out and support your fellow Eagles on their chase for greatness, their next game will be Saturday, April 11 against Sauk Valley. The game starts at 2 p.m. and students are reminded that the Eagles home games are played at Dickinson Field in Oglesby.