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Eagles remain strong in the off-season

Baseball team continues work year-round

By Francis Cothiere, Zack Goodall, Nicholas Beringer, Steven Neuenschwander
On February 20, 2015

Although the weather is still cold, the Kirkwood Community College baseball team has been warming up. The Kirkwood Eagles are making the most of their off-season with team lifting and conditioning to get in shape for the upcoming season.

Ron Benich, assistant baseball coach, said the team has been in full swing throughout the school year.

“The only true off-season we have is two weeks during Christmas break when students are with their families,” Benich said.

He added that this year-round dedication can be attributed to the players desire to improve. “We are fortunate enough to have very self-motivated players. They come in on their own outside of school and put in a lot of effort on their own,” he said.

Along with staying physically strong, Benich said the coaching staff also encourages the players to eat healthy during the off-season. He added that even though the team doesn’t have a dietary plan, “We have had guys come to us with questions [about dietary choices] and we’re always happy to help steer them in the right direction.”

Benich stated he is optimistic about the upcoming season. “I’ve seen the guys here putting in a lot of work and it will show when the season starts,” Benich said. “The off-season sounds long but it always goes by in the blink of an eye. You really have to make sure you get in and get it done,” he added.

The Eagles’ first game was at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan. Johnson County won both games on Feb. 13 with the final scores 2 – 7 and 1 – 4. The teams were set to compete again the following day but the games were cancelled due to frigid temperatures.

The Eagles will play at St. Louis Community College on Feb. 28. The first home game will be March 21 when the Eagles face Des Moines Area Community College. 

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