MCC baseball team gets back on winning track

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Steve Kodad/McCook Daily Gazette McCook Community College pitcher Luke Schneider follows through on a pitch against the Concordia University junior varsity March 20 at the Jaycees Sports Complex in McCook. Schneider pitched the final two innings in the second game of Tuesday's double header as MCC swept a pair of wins over the Seward, Neb. squad.

The McCook Community College men's baseball team found a double dose of victory Tuesday, March 20, was just the right medicine coming off a tough week.

The MCC squad snapped a five-game losing skid with a double-header sweep over the Concordia University junior varsity. The host Indians blanked the Seward, Neb. squad, 8-0, in the opener at the Jaycees Sports Complex. MCC then topped Concordia, 7-1, in Tuesday's nightcap.

MCC head coach Jon Olsen was pleased with his team's effort.

"We needed to get back on the winning track," Olsen said. "We had a rough week last week (five straight losses). We played some good teams. Iowa Western is really good, (ranked) second in the country, Lamar (Colo.) is top 15 in the country. Those are teams we have to play and compete with. It was good to get back on the winning track.

"Not only did we get a couple wins, we played a little better, we threw more strikes, we did things that we needed to do, so that was good to see."

Improved pitching

MCC sophomore Kyler Brady, from Littleton, Colo., picked up the pitching victory in Tuesday's opening game. Brady went six innings, with the key stat that Brady allowed just one walk.

"Kyler Brady had two rough starts (before Tuesday's win)," Olsen said. "His problem was he was walking guys, but he only walked one batter in six innings in the first game. That's what we mean by playing better."

Gothenburg freshman Tre Osterguard started on the mound for McCook in Tuesday's second game. Osterguard gave up just one run in five innings, with Monument, Colo. freshman Luke Schneider working two innings of relief work to shut down Concordia.

Coach Olsen said Osterguard started for the first time this spring, and he turned in a strong effort.

Offensive output

The MCC coach was also pleased with his team's offensive output with 15 runs in two games after being shut out in four of the five losses last week.

We just executed a little bit better offensively and did some nice things," Olsen said. "It was a lot better, that was good to see."

Matt Parker, freshman from Bremen, Georgia, slapped a two-RBI single to right field in the bottom of the sixth inning to seal the win for MCC in the second game.

Colby at home Thursday

The Indians seek to avenge an early-season loss when Colby (Kan.) Community College comes to town Thursday, March 22. The single nine-inning game is set to start at 4 p.m. at the Jaycees Complex on West M St. next to the Red Willow County Fairgrounds.

McCook dropped a 16-9 decision at Colby Feb. 29

"Colby is good, they're pretty offensive," Olsen said. "The last time they beat us in a slugfest. We'll see what happens."

Rain is in the forecast for Thursday, and that could alter the start time of the MCC-Colby contest.

Key weekend games

McCook is scheduled to head west for a four-game weekend series at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff. Double-headers are scheduled both Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, starting at 2 p.m. CDT each day.

MCC will be looking for its first Empire League win of the season in the weekend series.

"Those are big games," Olsen said. "We need to get back on the winning track in the league, and hopefully go from there. It will be a big weekend for us. We need to play well."

McCook C.C. also has a home game with Garden City (Kan.) Community College scheduled next Wednesday, March 28, starting at 3 p.m.

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