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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Larks look to hit full stride in Ramseyer's second year

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  • HESSTON — Coming off a 23-21 season in his debut at the helm of Hesston College baseball, second-year coach Rob Ramseyer looks to fully implement his aggressive style and take the program to new heights. After setting a new team record for stolen bases in 2012, the Larks appear ready to make a deeper dent in the record books in that category, as well as in many other team offensive marks. To that end, Ramseyer will depend on a 26-man roster that includes nine returners and 17 freshmen. “I like our group,” Ramseyer said. “We should have some versatility offensively and be able to score runs in multiple ways. Defensively, we have fielded at a high level in all our scrimmages and intra squads. We’ll be deeper on the mound this year as well.” Highlights of the 2013 home schedule include a pair of three-game series against NJCAA Division II foes Iowa Central Community College on March 11 and 12, and Longview (Mo.) CC, April 13 and 14. The Larks have a home-and-home series with local NJCAA Division I power Hutchinson Community College March 19 and April 16. The Larks open the 2013 campaign with a home double header today against Independence Community College. “Our schedule is tough,” Ramseyer said. “We’re playing the most games in school history and expect to be challenged. Our goal is to be playing our best baseball in May when we get into the post season.” Under Ramseyer and former skipper Art Mullet, Hesston Baseball has enjoyed four consecutive winning seasons.
    2013 schedule Feb. 5 vs Independence CC 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at Northwestern Oklahoma State University (Alva, Okla.) 1 p.m. Feb. 12 vs Bethany College JV 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at Redlands CC (El Reno, Okla.) 1 p.m. Feb. 20 vs McPherson College JV 4 p.m. Feb. 23 vs Southeast CC 1 p.m. Feb. 26 at Northern Oklahoma College-Enid 3 p.m. March 2 at York (Neb.) College JV 1 p.m. March 5 at Dodge City (Kan.) CC 4:05 p.m. March 9 vs Kansas Wesleyan University JV 12 p.m. March 11 vs Iowa Central CC 1 p.m. March 12 vs Iowa Central CC (1) 2 p.m. March 14 at Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa 1 p.m. March 16 vs Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa (1) 11 a.m. March 19 at Hutchinson CC (1) 6:30 p.m. March 22 vs Tabor College JV 4 p.m. March 24 at Brown Mackie College (Salina) 1 p.m. March 27 vs York College JV 3 p.m. March 30 vs Redlands CC 2 p.m. April 6 at Southeast CC (Beatrice, Neb.) 1 p.m. April 8 at Bethany College JV (Lindsborg) 5 p.m. April 10 vs Barton CC (1) 6:30 p.m. April 13 vs Longview CC 2 p.m. April 14 vs Longview CC (1) 1 p.m. April 16 vs Hutchinson CC (1) 6:30 p.m. April 20 vs Brown Mackie College 1 p.m. April 23 vs McPherson College JV 5 p.m. April 24 vs Dodge City CC 5 p.m. Roster 2 Tatsuzo Baba, so., 5-5, 140, C, Saitama-Ken, Japan 3 Cory Kerbs, fr., 5-9, 159, OF, Nevada, Mo. 4 Nick Yoder RS-fr., 5-7, 135, UT, Millersburg, Ohio 5 Scott Cooper, fr., 5-8, 134, IF, Sand Springs, Okla. 6 Pake Wise, fr., 5-9, 158, P-UT, Sand Springs, Okla. 7 Steven Gonzalez, fr., 5-8, 144, UT, McPherson 9 Nick Carrell, fr., 5-8, 173, P-OF, Argyle, Texas 10 Preston Hornbeck, so., 5-11, 181, IF, McKinney, Texas 11 Devin Word, fr., 5-11, 212, IF, Elgin, Texas 12 Jarret Wolf, fr., 5-11, 182, OF, Sand Springs, Okla. 13 Cody King, so., 5-5, 153, IF, Andale 14 Tate DeGraff, so., 5-10, 170, P, Runnells, Iowa 15 Tyler Bratton, fr., 5-9, 192, P, Porter, Texas 16 Nick Ferraro, fr., 5-7, 177, P, Kansas City, Mo. 17 Jesse Yoder, so., 6-2, 182, P, Sarasota, Fla. 19 Brandon Kutrubs, fr., 6-3, 159, P, Brunswick, Ohio 20 Alec Stahly, so., 6-0, 195, P, Newton 21 Alex Hart, so., 5-10, 247, P-OF, Derby 22 Dustin King, so., 6-2, 252, P, Wichita 23 Stephen Cabe, fr., 6-0, 181, P, Niles, Mich. 24 Seth Davenport, so., 5-10, 214, C-UT, McPherson 25 Jordan Gray, so., 6-1, 221, P, Shreve, Ohio 26 Stefon Griddine, fr., 5-10, 230, C-1B, Grandview, Mo. 28 Joshua Criscoe, fr., 6-2, 189, P-IF, Somerville, Ala. 32 Isaac Yoder, fr., 5-10, 238, P, Goshen, Ind. 33 A.J. Newcomer, fr., 6-0, 263, C-IF, Nappanee, Ind.
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