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Eagles baseball commands conference rankings

Unity ties team together for a successful season

By Jillian McKee, Joseph Wlosinski
On April 18, 2016

The Kirkwood Community College baseball team has been soaring above their competition so far this season. The team’s record is currently standing at 27-12, with a 13-2 conference rating. 

Although it is still early in their season, Head Baseball Coach Todd Rima said he is hoping to be regional champions and has the ultimate goal of going to the World Series. Rima said, “I think our guys want to follow in the basketball footsteps and have a chance to be national champions.” 

Rima also mentioned how fortunate he is to be working with an experienced team that has so many returning sophomores, as well as overall great chemistry. “We’re a veteran team, or at least as veteran as you can be at a two year school,” he added. 

Emanuel Castellano, returning sophomore, also talked about the high hopes for this season. Castellano said, “As of right now we’re going good, so hopefully we keep the ball rolling and it all goes our way.” 

According to Castellano, some of the team’s hardest competition was North Iowa Area Community College on April 9 and Des Moines Area Community College, which will be coming this Saturday April 16th; both of which are going to be a challenge according to Rima and Castellano. 

The Eagles strongest suit this season is their pitching staff according to Rima. He said, “Our pitching depth is really good, it’s the best I think we’ve had since I’ve been here.” 

He also added that he feels like they are able to put a different, winning line up out every game, thanks to the pitchers’ flexibility and depth.  

Rima also said the players have put in a lot of practice time both off and on season. Although the season did not officially start until February, the team has been practicing since the fall semester’s first week of classes. “It’s very demanding, being a college athlete. We ask a lot of our guys as far as practices, study tables, just doing all those extra things,” said Rima.

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