Baseballs, bats and beards

The CBC Mustangs baseball team fell against Freed-Hardeman the week after their conference series sweep against Harris-Stowe State.

The Mustangs struggled during their games against Freed-Hardeman on March 22-23. Freed-Hardeman is nationally ranked number four and the final scores were 11-5, 15-3, and 12-1. Even though the Mustangs were defeated this week, they had a sweep last weekend against Harris-Stowe State. Aaron Brister, head baseball coach, said the series ended with all of the coaches dying their beards blonde.

“The coaching staff made a deal with the team that we would dye our beards blonde on our first conference series sweep,” said Brister. “It happened last weekend when the Mustangs went to St. Louis and defeated Harris-Stowe, who was ranked 3rd in our conference at the time.”

The main issue that has affected the team this week with the game against Hardeman was mostly injuries amongst the players and the pitching staff.    

“Our pitching staff suffered some injuries in the past two weeks, which hurt us against a really good hitting team like Freed-Hardeman,” said Brister. “We just need our team to get healthy, we have a fielder or two that are banged up and four key pitchers that need to get well for us to compete at our best level.”

All three games against Harris-Stowe ended with a score of 15-3, 3-0, and 8-5. According to senior Charley Harber, the conference series sweep against Harris-Stowe felt good, but there was a difference in the game against Freed-Hardeman.

“We played well the whole series [against Harris-Stowe] and put everything together,” said Harber. “The difference between that weekend and this weekend is that [Freed-Hardeman] hit and pitched better than we did.”

Senior Austin Kuchinski said that Freed-Hardeman is a different caliber team and in order to beat them the Mustangs had to play well.

“The most challenging part of the [Freed-Hardeman] game was keeping them from having big innings,” said Kuchinski. “We needed to play well in every aspect of the game and we didn’t, so we’ll move on and do better in the coming weeks.”

The Mustangs have a big series coming up in St. Louis against Missouri Baptist this weekend.

“I think we are fine heading into this weekend, we just have to get back to being us and playing ball the right way,” said Harber.

According to Kuchinski, Missouri Baptist is one of the top teams in the conference series every year.

“It is a big series. They are one of the top teams in the conference every year. If we can win the series, it will help us get a better seeding for the tournament at the end of the year,” said Kuchinski. “If we can keep them off the bases and put runs across, then we will be fine.”

Photo by Noah Welter

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