Baseball Team Has High Hopes for 2016 Season

Baseball Team Has High Hopes for 2016 Season

BUCKHANNON -- Last year the West Virginia Wesleyan baseball team went 18-18 in conference and 19-20 overall finishing just under a .500 average.

The Bobcats only loss one starter in the lineup, Logan Moneypenny, and have their best hitter, senior Michael Logsdon, and their best pitcher, Andrew Ornes, returning.

The 2016 Bobcats are a more confident this year and their expectations are high.

"There is obviously a sense of urgency because our goal is to win a championship and I would hate to leave here not having delivered" said Logsdon about how he feels approaching his senior year.

The Bobcats left their spring break trip to Florida with a 6-6 record and even though that isn't the start they were hoping for players on the team are still certain this is going to be a great year.

Starting shortstop James Fraser stated, "Going down to Florida is when our team starts morphing together and coming back and being able to play in Myrtle Beach the week after is just another week that the guys and I have to work on our weaknesses."

With the same coaching staff as last year interim head coach Brett Ripley is dependent on his seniors to step up and be leaders this year.

This will be Ornes' last year in a Wesleyan uniform and with confidence he said "I expect to perform better this year than I did last year due to the fact that last year I was limited to pitch because I was returning from Tommy John surgery."

"Also the team as a whole will help me be more successful since it's the same core guys in the field and line-up."

Logsdon wrapped up the upcoming season the best saying, "Adversity causes a team to either come together or break apart, we're determined to come together and overcome anything in our path. This year, we're a family."

Written by student intern Sara Scoone