Ranger baseball team hits off good season

JOSH STEWART | stewa038@rangers.uwp.edu

The 2017 Ranger baseball season may be in its beginning stages still, but the men’s team, led by coach Daniel Eposito, has gotten off to a nice start. The team currently sits at 5-3 after beating Truman State in three out of four games on March 4 and 5.

Max Widmar shuts down Truman

Junior pitcher Max Widmar has been lighting up the mound thus far on the season for UW-Parkside and was named GLVC Pitcher of The Week on March 6. Widmar led the charge against Truman on Sunday, March 5. Widmar pitched a scoreless final six innings and managed to give up one hit during this appearance, as well as striking out five batters.

Widmar, who primarily plays first base for the team, was surprised that he won the award for his pitching efforts. “I was excited about winning the award, but I thought I would have won it for player of the week instead of pitcher,” Widmar explained.

Late game heroics save the day

However, Widmar was not the only Ranger to have a great game that Sunday afternoon. Junior outfielder Troy Bittenbender also saved the day when he hit a two-run game-winning home run in the seventh inning. Bittenbender is batting with a .400 average on the season, to go along with 5 runs batted in.

Senior Kyohel Makita currently leads the team in batting average with .433 and also leads in home runs with three in the season. Max Widmar leads the team in runs batted in with 12.

Going forward

UW-Parkside currently sits in third place in the GLVC East standings, trailing behind Saint Joseph’s and Indianapolis University. Both teams ahead of the Rangers have played more games than UW-Parkside, which means the Rangers have time to catch up.

Upcoming for the Rangers is a couple of road trips for two, two game series. The team will travel to St. Louis, Missouri on March 12 and 13 to play Maryville University in a double header. The team will then head to Indianapolis for a meeting with Grand Valley State University in another double header. Those games will take place on March 18 and 19.

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