Sun, Mar. 16, 2008
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The Bethany baseball team played nine games this past week winning eight of the nine, taking their overall record to 15-2 on the year.
The Swedes opened the week with a four game set against Dana College winning 3 of 4. The Swedes pitching staff was outstanding in the series, having thrown three shutouts.
“I’ve been extremely happy with the staff so far. They give us a chance to win each time they toe the rubber,” said coach Dinkel.
The Swedes took their momentum into Monday’s double header against Ozarks College winning both games by a comfortable margin 14-4 and 19-0.
The team then turned around on Tuesday for a game that was slated for nine innings versus Central Christian College but was called in seventh due to the ten run rule. The bats got hot early putting up seven runs in the first inning. The bats never slowed down putting up a total of 29 runs on the day. The Swedes walked away with a 29-0 victory.
On Wednesday the Swedes took the field playing for their eight and ninth games in five days against conference foe Sterling College. The team started off slow in game one allowing the Warriors to play them tough through five. The Swedes eventually settled in and walked out with a 5-2 victory.
Game two started out in similar fashion with the home team Sterling Warriors jumping out to a 2-0 lead. The score remained that way until the third inning. It was here the Swedes bats then took control of the game putting up nine runs in the inning. The team never looked back walking out with an 11-4 win and a series sweep.
“I’m very happy we walked out with eight wins in this stretch. We were tired toward the end. I am very pleased with the guys for fighting through it,” said head coach Matt Tramel.
After the tough stretch the Bethany baseball team will now put their focus on conference opponents. The Swedes will square off this Tuesday against Tabor College.
The team will then head south to Oklahoma City on Friday in a non conference contest against Hillsdale College.