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Bearing down the bats – Foresters prepare to make postseason conference run

Sophomore Michael Crowley stands ready at bat against Bethel College. The Pilots edged out the Foresters 3-2 in game one of the Apr. 21 doubleheader before the Forest Glen bomb squad rallied a 6-2 win in the nightcap. (Photo by Selina Pohl)

Sophomore Michael Crowley stands ready at bat against Bethel College. The Pilots edged out the Foresters 3-2 in game one of the Apr. 21 doubleheader before the Forest Glen bomb squad rallied a 6-2 win in the nightcap. (Photo by Selina Pohl)

The pressure is on as the Forester baseball team draws close to the end of the regular season.

Sitting in second place in the Crossroads League with a 16-6 record and 21-12 overall record, head coach Mike Frame is aware of the challenge that lies ahead.

“The reality is that we are in second place,” Frame said. “It will be very difficult to take the first place position.”

Seated in first place in the CL is king rival Mount Vernon Nazarene University with whom the Foresters split March 25.

Enduring a rough start to the season with the first seven doubleheaders being cancelled due to weather, the Forest Glen crew have worked hard on improving many aspects of their game.

“We have worked very hard on improving offense, ” sophomore Drew McLochlin said. “We have seen the most improvement in that [area] as a team.”

In recent action, a four game series at Goshen College left the Foresters with three wins and one loss April 17-18. The first of four games featured a 15-2 win, the largest margin of victory since March 14 when the Foresters defeated Olivet Nazarene 20-1 in 2009. Helping lead the Foresters its blowout win was sophomore TJ Lindstrand who scored twice while going 4-for-4 from the plate. Many of Frame’s sophomore class performed well as catcher Mike Crowley added three hits with teammate Shea Beauchamp adding two doubles, with one driving in three runs, and six RBIs. Nate Stark and Dylan Henricks also had strong hitting performances.

Splitting with Bethel College at home April 21, the Pilots would sneak out a 3-2 win before the Foresters would come back to defend the Glen with a 6-2 win.

As the season winds down, the team feels confident in their ability to perform well in the upcoming conference tournament.

“We are feeling pretty confident,” senior Avery Sneed said.

Frame agreed on the statement, saying, “[This] team is one of the closest teams I have ever had, they get along well and are very close.”

Hoping that talent and team chemistry will take them far, the Foresters have high hopes going into the post season. Frame said that the likelihood of the Crossroads League Tournament being held at HU is “very likely, almost inevitable.”

The first round of tourney play will begin May 2.

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